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THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LADY P- ON OYOTUNJI VILLAGE ,SOUTH CAROLINA-USA 8 Jun, 2013 in Interviews / Uncategorized by Idnoble

THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LADY P- ON OYOTUNJI VILLAGE ,SOUTH CAROLINA-USA
8 Jun, 2013 in Interviews / Uncategorized by Idnoble

Madam Precious Olubunmi AgbabiakaMadam Precious Olubunmi Agbabiaka, the CEO of the Infinity Oil &GasLtd,Lagos, Nigeria is a woman of many parts. A woman of indefatigable industry who left the shores of this country, Nigeria over 30 years ago for the USA to join her heartthrob ,late Engineer Agbabiaka.

Popularly known as Lady P. The ebony black woman, is a woman with a passion. Passion for the youths, the homeless and passion for her first love , Nigeria with her rich culture and tradition.

In this exclusive interview with ‘The Interviews ng.com’, you will journey along with her on her co-incidental discovery of the Oyotunji Village ,inhabited by the Yoruba descendants of the old –time slaves ,in South Carolina,USA. Her philanthropic and charity works , coupled with her humility, unassuming ,sagacity and doggedness in making her dreams come through without being perturbed , makes her to be regarded as a cosmopolitan woman of repute. She is currently the Yeyeoba(king’s mother) of Oyotunji Village in South Carolina ,USA. Excerpts:

Precisely, when did you leave Nigeria for USA and why?

I left Nigeria for US over 30 years ago . I re-located to marry my husband and that is where I raised my family.

You were involved (still involved) in philanthropic and charity works in US. What really motivated you in these noble works?

I guess it is my caring attitude. I was trained as a Nurse in England and when I got married, I settled in US and started my agency called PRECIOUS CARING INSTITUTE, which is a Foster caring agency for the homeless children and adoption. I did this for over twenty years(20) in tandem with my husband who was a pillar to this charity institute. He built homes for the boys and also for the girls called –Urban house and Backbone house. (Unfortunately, he went to meet the Lord last year-may his soul rest in perfect peace).We became advocate for these children.

Can you lead us into some of these good works you did in US pertaining to your institute?

We were advocate for foster children. We sat with the Governor, the Mayor; we went to the senate in session with senator James and Davenport; spoke for the homeless children and made recommendations to the Mayor on their plight .Apart from my own children, I adopted two kids when they were 2& 4 years old . One is now 28 years while the other is 30 years old. Interestingly, these adopted children speak Yoruba Language fluently while my own child of the same age 2 could not.

Nigeria’s image had been dented in US and any other European countries. Crimes, drug addiction etc are some of the offences they are always accused of. What do you think we can do to correct these negative attitude of some of these people in the diaspora?

This is correct . Our image had been battered over there. They ascribe anything bad to Nigeria. Even to receive a grant from the government is like passing a camel through the eye of a needle. Once they discover that you are a Nigerian, you may lose the opportunity and it goes to another country such as Ghana, South –Africa and Kenya to mention a few. We have a collective responsibility. If I do my own part right and you do yours right, things will change for the better. In the past, hoodlums were everywhere but that has changed now but the stigma is still there.The reception we had when I visited Nigeria not long ago with about 12 dignitaries with me was very interesting but an unfortunate incident still happened. We had a punctured tyre on our way to Victoria Island. As we got to Apongbon area , trying to fix the burst tyre, were attacked by some hoodlums known as ‘horizers’or’ area boys’. However , things are getting better. I have being in Nigeria for some time now and what I see on ground is quite different from the previous visit I mentioned. I see Nigerians now as hard working ; the young, the middle class and the old ones work tirelessly to make their living legitimately.

Now to go back to the question-what can we do to correct the negative attitude of some of these Nigerians in diaspora. All hands must be on deck. If you do your beat right and I do my own well, the bad impression they have about Nigeria will be blotted out and they will start to treat us gentlemanly. Everybody must play his role well, to redeem Nigeria’s image abroad. It is a collective responsibility.

Your project is a very big one that a single person may not be able to handle in terms of mobility, finance and logistics etc. How are you going to handle this to make the project a reality?

To God be the glory. I’m privileged and honoured to be part of this village- The Oyotunji village, in South Carolina. And also to be invited to the White House on another level. So what we are doing now is a wrapping round thing. We have decided to do this to correct the bad impression about Nigeria. I am also doing this because of our children and the future generation. My children were born in the US but we also teach them the African culture, (Nigeria in particular) and heritage to be able to lift up their heads and be proud of being connected to the most populous country in Africa.

I nationalised myself to become an American citizen in 1993 and to show my passion for Nigeria, I brought about twelve personalities to Nigeria during the political era of late Abiola, a presidential aspirant and acclaimed winner of that election. A similar scenario happened in Haiti at that time during President Clinton’s regime but the aspirant in question was assisted by the US govt under Clinton to install the aspirant to power. My children in the foster home then asked me why it was not possible for the same US govt to assist Abiola. I asked them to ask their President and they wrote to President Clinton who replied their letter saying that the US was passionate to help nations that are into democracy. These children (my adopted kids) were about 5 or 6 years old at that time. I am a Nigerian born, flesh and blood. My father was the“ Baba Oba“ ( king’s father),the Alaperu of Aperu in Ogun State. Wherever you are, home is the first. I was first a Nigerian before I became an American citizen in 1993 and I am proud to be a Nigerian even though I carry an American passport.

How did you discover these Yoruba people in Oyotunji village? Was there any sign being nostalgic of their origin?

The Late Oloyotunji of Oyotunji Village South Carolina USAThe New Oyotunji Village King

I woke up one evening, tuned on my TV to watch the news when I saw about 30 children washing cars to raise money to obtain tickets for a visit to Africa and I stayed glued to the TV. Eventually, about 10 of these children could make the trip and where they were taken to was the Oyotunji village that I am now promoting.

When I made the trip to the village in 1993, I recollect that Oprah interviewed the people of Oyotunji village and the King was coronated by the present Ooni of Ile- Ife- Oba Okunade Sijuwade. I became a friend to the Oba’s wife- Iya Ori-ite.

After 20 years, I was watching another documentary on this Oyotunji village. The old King did not feature in the program and that arose my curiosity. On inquiry, I was informed that-‘oba ti waja’- literarily means the old King had passed on to his ancestors (dead) and a new one installed. That would show you the depth of these people in Yoruba culture and tradition.

As I was watching, i saw these children in ‘the little Africa’- Oyotunji village. They were educating them about our culture, tradition and way of life. After 7 days in this village in South Carolina, I was flabbergasted that they were taken to Ghana instead of Nigeria! These are people that speak Yoruba language fluently and even with Yoruba tribal marks- the replica of Oyo tribal marks, the type worn by the Alaafin of Oyo-Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III. The king there is called Oloyotunji. This shows how they uphold Nigerian culture. Our heritage is being passed to other nations. I believe that any economic and social benefit that may come from this village should go to Nigeria and not other places. That is to say, ‘your culture is being taken away from you, your tourism potential is denied’. What these people do in Oyotunji village are Yoruba ways of doing things. They wear agbada, iro & buba, sing Yoruba songs and answer to Yoruba names. As we have China towns all around in other countries, I will love the town to be known as Nigerian town in future with much benefits.

What were these people reaction to you when you first met with them in their village?

I booked an appointment with them and was surprised of the rousy welcome I received. They dressed in Yoruba attire and with Yoruba talking drums & shekere, singing praises of me and the King welcomed me in Yoruba Language. They are the descendants of slaves carried to America during the outlawed slave trade in West Africa. They hold on to their culture and traditions. When they saw my work, and the tenacity with which I hold the Yoruba culture and tradition, they gave me the highly esteemed title- Yeye-Oba Oloyotunji. Then I said to myself,’ if you bestowed on me Yeyeoba title, I must take you all to Africa, our Nigeria, your origin.’ Then, there was a festival coming up and I told them that we must pay a visit to the White House. They were surprised but I said yes, we would pay a visit to the White House. They were not aware that I had a pet project on hand at that time tagged ‘your brain is your gun’. This is a program for the youth aged 16-24. We taught them good morals/etiquette from their tender age to adulthood when they could stand on their own as responsible citizens. We wanted them to be responsible children who can raise their shoulders high among people of other nations.

To your question-how will I handle this project to fruition? Instead of me to go back alone to the White House on behalf of the Oyotunji’s village, I have come to take some of our dignitaries from Nigeria to go with me to the US to visit President Obama. We shall adorn Obama in Nigeria attire. We need about 12-20 dignitaries from Nigeria. We want to show case our hospitality, ; how prosperous and progressive we are and how friendly we are as a people to negate the bad impression about us , Nigerians in the diaspora and also back home in Nigeria. They need to see us in another perspective. We also want to start exchange programme for these children whereby we would bring them to Nigeria during Summer period.

Are other Nationals in US not involved in Crimes or other misdemeanour ? Why is Nigeria always in the bad news all the time?

It’s not only Nigerians that are in US but the problem with us is that the previous stigma is there and nobody tries to wipe it off. Nigeria don’t clean her image. Other countries believe in accountability and corrective action plan to clean their image but Nigeria chases after money to the detriment of her image both locally and internationally. We don’t think seriously on the implication of our actions and what foreigners say or their opinion about us . We are not our brother’s keeper. Our image had been soiled to the extent that a serious warning was posted on walls at the airports-‘’GO TO NIGERIA AT YOUR OWN RISK’’.

Are these people in Oyotunji Village being discriminated against in US?

They are not discriminated against. What we are planning, God’s willing , is to have Oyetunji Village as ‘’Nigeria Town’’ just as they have ‘’China Town’’ or whatever in other places whereby they can go about their businesses, be economically viable and spiritually sound. This can be supported by the US government in form of grants. This is part of the blue- print we mapped out on this project.

Was there any feeling of missing their origin and is it possible for them to be able to retrace their roots in Nigeria?

I t is not impossible for them trace their roots in Nigeria with the current technological development all over the world. Their language can be swapped and this will reveal their place of origin if necessary. These settlers are more passionate of their origin than what we feel for them. In fact , there is none I have met in the US that is not willing to come to Nigeria. When they ask me , I always tell them that there is always a way. They have the sense of belonging. I always give them the courage that ‘’we would request for grants and the US government will help them.

Are the people at Oyotunji Village well behaved and law abiding?

They are well behaved and law abiding. Their human relation is highly commendable. For example , a particular woman in that village called Iya Ebun, a Mulato was the one taking us round as the tour guide when we went there . People bring their dead relations to Oyotunji Village fromNew York City and other places for burial. When I inquired how long Iya Ebun has been in Oyotunji Village, she said it was 40years as at that time but has never been to Nigeria but understand so much history about Nigeria. She is very light skin. I said to her’’ You too has tribal marks.?’’ She said yes. Initially the tribal marks did not show well , so she asked them to re-do it for it to show very well. This is to show how passionate they are about the culture and heritage of the Yoruba.

Women are taking their rightful positions all over the world now and Nigeria should not be left behind. Nigeria needs a woman President. If you are called to contest in future for Presidency, would you oblige or not?

It’s a tall order. But if it’s the will of the Lord, I will surely not hesitate. I am a servant of the Lord. All that I will say is ‘’here I am send me’’ Thanks for your dedication in interviewing me. God bless Nigeria and USA.

YOUTHS ARE LEADERS OF TODAY AND NOT TOMORROW

Without any iota of doubt, this topic is germane to the current political ,social and economic developments in Nigeria as she is searching for ways and means  to salvage her systems in the quagmire she plunged herself owing to past bad or ineffective leadership.

By the way, who are the youths and which areas can they function well in society or government? Are they tomorrow’s leaders or today’s?

Youths, according to New Lexicon Dictionary of the English Language(Encyclopedic Edition) ”is the state or quality of being young ; the period from childhood to maturity”. Youths can function well in the home they come from,while in school,as an apprentice under a master, in his environment, churches,mosques and in the government.Youths have their parts to play in all the institutions mentioned above and more. But the question is whether they are performing their roles or deferring to the future because of the usual saying ‘that they are leaders of tomorrow’. Anyone who listens to the ranting of the ants will never gets anywhere in life. There is no other tomorrow but today. Youths are leaders of today and not tomorrow; that tomorrow is TODAY.It is expedient to know that life cannot reward you more than the contribution you can make. What you make out of life depends on what you put into it. What necessitated your placement in life was a problem and when you depart the world, you are going to be remembered for two things: the problem you solved or the one you created. You are either solving or creating problem. You cannot be a plus and still a minus. Your relevance as a youth is tied to the problem you solve. You don’t need to wait till tomorrow before you can solve a problem you can conveniently solve today.

The Nigeria I979 Constitution refers to a youth as a person between the ages of 18-35. But what we find in Nigeria are Youth leaders of about 50 years old! Where are the youths below 50? The answer to this, forms part of the problems facing the youths preventing them from taking their stand in Nation building.In broader sense,youths are people who have the energy, vigour and enthusiasm to get things done. It is a state of mind not a function of age;the quality of imagination, resolute in courage over timidity and undiluted appetite for progressive reasoning. The leadership cadres in Nigeria are extremely saturated with aged politicians, technocrats who believe nation building is their exclusive preserve and as such, youths should hold on until their demise to operate. But kudos to President Buhari who gave his consent to the ”not too young to run bill”,which has now become part of our law. This however,does not portends the aged to be out of political or economic seats. Some are still vibrant but they should be at the background as counselors and watchdogs.

It is not only in politics that youths can prove their mettle. Economically and technologically they are vital instruments to make Nigeria great. The inventor of electricity Michael Faraday was a self-taught scientist,who without a degree in electrical / electronic engineering or a degree in Physics gave the world electricity. Faraday had no formal education but embraced self education. What you need is what is within you . A mechanical engineering student should strife to develop a Piston or Radiator . When you start your project, sooner than later finance help will surface The same with a chemical engineering and computing students Develop software or write better programmes for Nigeria and the world that will impact on the people even at the grassroots.

Bill Gates as a teenager gave the world Microsoft and became the world richest. Michael Dell was also a student when he started DELL Computer and became the largest employer of labour and computer manufacturer. Ted Turner (owner of Cable News Network(CNN) ) never had a university degree. As youths , embrace and focus on what you are good at. Give training and re-training a chance and associate with like minds on positive things. Be consistent” A man is but a product of his thoughts” says Mahatma Gandhi. The energy and brightness of the minds of youths acts as torchbearer for national development. The time to do this is now and not tomorrow because there is no other tomorrow but TODAY. Kidnappings ,ritual killings, armed robbery,vote buying during elections ,hooliganism and many other obnoxious vices are termites of progress and not the solutions to our gargantuan challenges.

Finally,Youths must put God first in all they do, a life without God is in crises. Ask God for direction and He will surely lead you. Work hard, pray hard, shun violence and avoid evil associates. When you avoid all these vices,the sky is just the beginning. You will sooner than later be part of policy formulators and executors in your society.
By: Idowu Tunde

DRUG ADDICTION/ABUSE

The topic of discourse is not a new one. Many erudite scholars and professionals have dealt deeply on the subject matter. However, because it has always been a headache to the addicts themselves, the homes, society and government, thereby constituting a big nuisance to the society on daily basis, we found it imperative to revisit the hydra-headed subject.

Drug addiction or abuse is not peculiar to any country. It is a global phenomenon. In fact ,it was reliably reported that most of these deadly drugs found their ways into   this continent, nay Nigeria through the Western world. For instance, certain evidences suggest that the cultivation of cannabis and its use as a drug was introduced into Africa from India by the SUFI sect and Asian traders and travelers probably around 16th century. Also, there was the evidence that soldiers returning from world war II were responsible for increased incidence of cannabis  abuse in West Africa particularly, in Nigeria. By the name India hemp, one would find it difficult not to concur the entry of the weed from India.

We shall try to look at various types of harmful drugs and see how they are being abused by the youths, and adults, the negative effect or damage that these drugs are having on youths, homes society and national developments. We shall also lend our voice to some prescriptions to curb the menace of drug addiction or abuse.

DEFINITION: Drug abuse or addiction can be defined as….’as excessive or inappropriate use of (psycho-active) substance by a person, such use being considered or judged  to be illegal or immoral by the culture and resulting in harm to the person or society”. A drug user is addicted to the substance fond of using when his/her body starts to need it regularly and unable to stop using it.

TYPES OF DRUGS ABUSED-Depending on the country concerned or the environment, various drugs that are being abused are as follow 🙁 but not exhaustive)-benzene, glue and petrol, cocaine, heroin, cannabis (marijuana or Indian hemp),opium, china capsule etc.

In Nigeria, the common types are cocaine, cannabis sativa, or marijuana, cough syrup, China capsule and alabukun powder. We also have some high content spirits/alcohol for consumption which some addicts soak with marijuana, dry it drink the solution and also smoke the weed. Some also inhale the alabukun powder in a bid to get high.

Research has shown that there is the increase of abuse of benzene by inhalation among the Sudanese children. Also, Kenga, Somalia, Swaziland and Zambia show abuse of glue and petrol by inhalation. In Ethiopia, Kenga, Madagascar and Somalia, the substance KHAT is chewed to get them excessively excited or intoxicated.

In Nigeria, cannabis, cough syrup, glue and lizard dung are used by students. Their excuse for the use of cannabis is to improve their academic performances and enable them to socialize or active. The truck drivers, labourers, bus conductors, load carriers at the markets, civil servants, top politicians and technocrats make use of cannabis sativa to keep themselves agile while labourers put a defense that it give them extra energy to do their work. The same with top rated artisans and musicians who indulge in these drugs in order to perform actively on stage even though some of them always deny their involvement in drugs until tested positive like the athletes using it for the pitch events. In Nigeria , another dimension to it is mixing cough syrup with water or soft drink. They sip this unsuspectingly until they begin to misbehave or become hyper active. This is common among students

HOW PEOPLE GET ADDICTED:

  1. Peer pressure-this may be from their mates either in school or environment
  2. An addicted close family friend may introduce it to his/her cousin.
  3. Wrong association or unholy gathering or parties.
  4. Get rich quickly syndrome-via introduction to unlawful or wrong kind of business as drug trafficking or being a baron across the globe.
  5. Lack of parental care or broken homes
  6. Joblessness or idleness.

NEGATIVE EFFECT OF DRUG ADDICTION

  1. Production of maladjusted citizens
  2. Constant motor accidents on highways

3.Increased rate of armed robbery and kidnapping

  1. It destroys the natural immune system that guards people against certain infections.

5.Insanity-cases abound in our psychiatric hospitals and rehabilitation centre and on the streets and corners.

6 It gives bad image to the country concerned as barons and traffickers  ae easily caught and either jailed or killed depending on the point of arrest and the law of that land.

WHAT TO DO

  1. Parents should be very close to their children.
  2. Parents should try to conduct  a background check on their children’s friends to know them intimately.

3 Schools should make use of professional counselors and psychologists to put students on the right path.

  1. Vocational skills should be introduced and intensified in schools to curb idleness.

5 Affluent in the society should impact the indigent ones to rid our society of miscreants.

6.Our motor parks, roadsides kiosks and public places should be rid of traders selling or hawking these harmful drugs. Constant raiding of these places should be intensified with sincerity of purpose and patriotism.

  1. The word of God should be exposed to the addicts as the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

WHAT IS SELF?

 

The concept of ‘self’ is wide and diverse depending on one’s perception. To a layman, ‘self’’ could mean innate ability, while some other people may view it as the natural gift ordained by God. Some people might take it further on the semantic and view it as traits of arrogance or self aggrandizement. It is pertinent therefore, to look at this concept of ‘’self’’ deeply and juxtapose it with our contemporary world to know how it can be of help or otherwise to us as individuals and society at large. With this background about ‘self’ talk, we can conveniently ask the question-what is self? Your ‘self’ Is what people call ‘I’ or ‘Me’. Your ‘self’ is the centre of your personal world. Let’s look at the components:

BASIC COMPONENTS OF SELF: (1) THE NATURAL SELF- The first component is your natural self. Everybody has a fundamental inner nature or inner core of genetics, drives, instincts and human potentials-this is your animal nature (human beings are higher animals).Your animal nature is the same among living beings. For example: needs for food, shelter, physical safety, belonging and love. Some of these traits are unique to individuals to realize his good ‘self’. This is the natural self.

2.’ LEARNED SELF’- The next one is’ learned self’-This ‘self’ is a product of your social learning history.

This may be the way you have been groomed in your vocation to see or view yourself and skills in constraints of reality. Most of us have diverse ways of thinking about ourselves that prevent us from attaining our human potentials. Therefore, your learned self can be good or bad but usually admixture of both.

  1. CHOOSING’ SELF’: Another form of ‘self’ is choosing ‘self’. Your natural self represent your endowed gift, while your learned self reflects your reminiscences. Your ‘choosing self’ represents your capacity to make your life through your choices now and in the future. Thus, you are in the constant process of creating yourself. This provides you with the capacity to choose to throw away the ugly habits of thinking and’ self’ talk  of your ‘learned self’  that block your fulfilling the inner core of your nature or ‘natural self’. You can also use this principle to choose the aspect of your natural ‘self’ that you wish to develop. This will help particularly for the development of social interest and concern for others that goes beyond ‘self’ interest.
  2. SELF SUPPORT: Finally, is the self support. You can realize your human potential when you employ the self support. What it thus portends is that you can choose to either be your own best friend or your worst enemy as the saying goes. If you can win this conflict or make progress in it, you may likely lead a freer, happier and more fulfilled life. The cost however, for those in the other negative struggle side can be too high or costly. Those cost may include regular strife, alienation, escape into alcohol, hard drugs, promiscuity, violence and even suicide since they are unable to master their inner self cognitively. This weakness has brought down kingdoms/empires and rulers inconsequential. In a nutshell, avoid putting yourself or society down with the way you apply negative ‘self’ or ‘I’ talk. Avoid unnecessary rigid self perception. Accept your mistakes and enter the mood to put things rightly using the right word that will endear you and the society you live for positive development-By:IDOWU JULIUS

 

10 WAYS TO CREATE A WORKPLACE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE-By-Idowu Tunde

There, are some places of work that employees want to stay as long as they are comfortable and progressing irrespective of  pay packets. Also, there are many workplaces that no sooner workers are employed than they long for how to opt out.

Below are 10 tips of what can create a workplace that people want to leave not minding even the huge pay packets:

  1. Leave people out of the loop and never involve them in decisions or problem -solving.
  2. Dump solutions on them without context or background.
  3.  Always say  and demonstrate that your people are children, lazy  or criminals and thank God that you are there to stop them from stealing the rug…..
  4.  Discourage flexibility of approach and tell people what to do and how.
  5. Fail to match work to competence and give people the wrong job.
  6. Talk rudely and derogatively to your employees in public  in the name of correction.
  7. When you play selective justice or favouritism , divide and rule among staff.
  8. The welfare of your staff is not always taken into consideration but only to work and everything centres on yourself and your family.
  9. When you always threaten your staff to resign at the slightest mistakes or provocation.
  10. When as the boss, you break rules at will without recourse to policy but blames others for it.

A PEEP AT 2017 WORLD POST DAY AS CELEBRATED IN OSUN STATE,NIGERIA

October 9th, 2017 will not be forgotten in a hurry as witnessed in another anniversary of the World Post Day in NIPOST Osogbo District Office.
One of  the key events of the anniversary  was a paper presented  by Mrs Idowu, B.O. ,senior Postal Controller in the District entitled ”Transforming the Post in an Enabling Economy to Align with Global System”.
Brief history of the universal postal union (UPU)was recalled as it came into being on 9th October,1874 as a unique agency for co-ordinating the postal policies among member nations. She referred to the economy of the world being in coma and Nigeria also not left out. She quickly pointed out that Nigeria had course to thank God because ”we are out of economic recession”.
However, she posited that the Federal government needs to focus on the potentiality of NIPOST to make her  function very well in line with global posts.
According to her, NIPOST has been functioning  well in her traditional roles of postal delivery, counter services, private mail bag delivery and the like. Also, new products such as logistics, IPS, sales of online NECO,WAEC registration cards and Electronic Money Transfer(I.F.S.) were introduced and effective but need improvement to generate more revenue.

Furthermore, that ,” to post post into prosperity, transformation  must take place’ ‘She defined transformation as  complete change in someone or something; which means that transformation ” we are clamouring for, could come through us (as NIPOST staff), the government ,in terms  of policy implementation and financial commitment and also our customers patronages who are our partners in sustainable development of our services”. Therefore, according to the paper presenter, to transform the post in an enabling economy, the following panacea must be explored and effectively put in place:
– More investment in infrastructures and stronger government commitment to the postal sector, in order to enter the  digital age more easily
– Efforts should be intensified  to making NIPOST join the league of organizations issuing vehicle license, driving license and international passport as it is done in advanced countries.
– NIPOST should monitor both legal and illegal courier services.
-There should not be any digital gap between urban and rural areas, which means internet facilities must be installed in all offices .
– All staff should be marketers and marketing focused.
-Positive change ,must  start with staff; change your orientation and think positively.
-Every product should be adequately valued eg. EMS, Logistics, Postcash  etc; tell people about NIPOST products and be customers friendly.
– Do NIPOST business as your personal business. Let your slogan be ”if NIPOST succeeds it means Iam a success”.
Mrs Idowu rounded off the presentation by concluding that to transform the post in an enabling economy to align with global system is possible  if there is improvement in infrastructures, innovation and better addressing system.
Finally, she said’ NPOST is firmly focused on the future and taking steps to
modernize ,grow her capacity and range of services but also not forget to motivate NIPOST staff in terms of better remuneration.

SELF IMPOSED COLONIZATION OR 'CIVILIZATION'?

Every nation of the world has its culture or tradition of naming her new born baby. Among the white race, their style of naming is quite different from that of the Africans .A white man can name his child, Stone, Wood, Green, White, Wall and what have you. With the Africans, especially Nigeria and Yoruba race in particular; names given to children at birth are very significant and depend on the circumstances at birth.
In Yoruba grammar, a name can be spelt as the bearer of such name wants it. For example, the name-Abimbola can also be spelt Abinbola,Olayiwola can be spelt Layiwola without altering their meanings. This applies to a host of other Yoruba names. The examples of Yoruba names given above and their orthography(spelling) have meanings in relation to the circumstances of birth or lineages such people originated from. Their spellings notwithstanding, have not altered the meanings attached to them and they are not ambiguous or misleading.
To go to the pre-occupation of this piece, something ugly, demeaning and frustrating has crept into the way Yoruba people spell their names nowadays. They have changed the original and generally acceptable way of spelling Yoruba names which will portray them as Yoruba people. We don’t know what is the matter with these set of people, who still believe that until they interpolate English alphabets into their Yoruba names, they are not yet civilized. The question is –Is this civilization or self imposed colonization?
The alarming rate at which these Yoruba people change their names at will especially on facebook, twitter, etc is too worrisome. Please go through the following to see how insulting and misleading the spellings are: OLUWAFEMI- changed to-HOLLUWAPHEMY,OPEYEMI to-HORPEYYEMMY, ABOSEDE to-HABOZEDEY,OLADAYO to HAWLERDAYOH, the list is in exhaustive.
The above Yoruba names put in English spellings are not only wrong, but misleading not only to the young Yoruba folks but to foreigners interested in the language. It is too misleading to Yoruba folks who are just getting to understanding the Yoruba language and how names are correctly spelt.
Where are we heading to in Nigeria about our culture? What is wrong with these set of Yoruba people who had thrown away our culture and language for the foreign one? An Englishman or woman would rather acquire a Yoruba name instead of bastardizing it. A glaring reference is the late Yoruba culture Icon, SUZAN WENGER. Because of the affinity and respect she had for Yoruba culture, allowed herself to be called ‘’Adunni Orisa’’.
Yoruba language is gradually going into extinction viz-a-viz her culture and these set of people are not helping matters. They are enemies of culture and Yoruba race in particular.
China, is one of the fastest growing countries in the world in terms of technology.Yet, they use their indigenous languages as language of instruction in their schools. The same can be mentioned of Japan, one of the highly industrialized countries in the world. What is wrong with Nigerians? We don’t value what we have but prefers looking outside. It is high time the language experts and the education ministry did something about this ugly trend .We should value our language and culture and not trying to be other people. We should desist from being English more than the English people. Those involved in mutilating our language should have a re-think.

ESCAPE FROM 'GULAG'

The exact date and month I cannot recollect now, but I guess it was around June/July of the year 2005 when I came to Lagos for the greener pasture.My inability to put this in print ever since that time was deliberate as I decided to allow a breathing space on the story to hide my identity so as not to allow the high-muck-a-muck ‘specialist’  to feed on my innocent blood.

The day was bright and promising. I have just returned from work as a guardian to teenagers in a boarding house where one of them was sick  and decided to take him to a nearby ‘Clinic’ in the highbrow estate in Ikoyi,Lagos. One spectacular thing about this ‘infamous clinic’ is that it has no signpost(and not planning to have one)because of the reason best known to the owner despite others in the neighbourhood having signposts in their various hospitals/clinics.

Most of the time,this lone ranger ‘doctor’ was not always in his clinic but allows patients to be admitted on menial ailments just to make his money. What they do is to place the patient on drips for the doctor to attend(if fortunate) to him two or three days later!

On that fateful dayas usual,he was not in the office. Idid all the registration/documentations for the boy and was diagnosed of typhoid(by the nurses) and put on admission. I was visiting the boy on regular basis at the hospital and the boy’s complaints each time was not able to see the doctor. Surprisingly, he was discharged the third day and was left to leave the hospital alone to go home and come back for his injections! I met the boy in the hostel  when I returned from work and wondered why he left the hospital. He narrated his travail and vowed not to go back to the ‘clinic’ despite having injections to take. I calmed him and let him realised the implications of not completing the dose of prescribed injections.. He obliged but did not fail to recollect all the trauma he went through:bad ventilation,mosquitoes, bad food and a host of others.Mind you, he had not yet seen the doctor but only nurses.

The following day,in company of my superior officer,went to the clinic for a comprehensive report on the boy’s ailment and whether it was true he had been discharged ‘but the doctor was not available. We left the clinic but my boss left a message for the doctor to send his bills to the office for payment if it was true the boy had been discharged.

I repeated the visit the third day with the boy and yet the doctor was in the office but was quickly called on phone by his receptionist and surprisingly, in a jiffy made his way to his clinic and ushered us into his office. He gave a stern instruction to his receptionist not to allow anyone  in and put the door under lock with key and put the key in his pocket!! I was flabbergasted.It was like a criminal in the dock giving evidence before the jury! To safe time, I opened the discussion by thanking him for his ‘efforts’ treating my boy and the information that he had been discharged. That we came together for him to receive the remaining injections.I did not forget to remind him that he should forward his bills to my office as earlier said.

To anybody who has witnessed a snake spit his venom before, such would be better imagined how strangely this ‘doctor’ began to vomit fire! To my consternation,he laced me with virulent and vituperative words for almost an hour! We became(me and the patient) a prey to this vampire ‘doc’ who did not stop with his display of shame and callousness but descended on my boss(in absence) as well.He posted horrible words at my boss-to use his words”I want you to to tell those useless people who sent you here so that they can come here to meet me…I will show them the stuff Iam made of….” When I could no longer stomach his unwarranted  insults,threats,vituperation and scurrilous remarks on my personality and that of my boss,called him to order(forgetting that I was in a ‘dungeon’) afterall,we were his customers and customers ,no matter what happens ,as business etiquette is concerned are always right and we have not committed any crime to warrant such negative response. I cut in boldly and said”Mr man, I am not here to fight but to thank you and to see to the fomal discharge of the boy admitted in your hospital”. He became furious the more. He became ferocious.He rose from his seat and pounced on me like the infamous and inglorious Orji-the notorious cannibal of Lagos in the early 90’s. This self acclaimed Doc(as I later learnt that he is not a qualified doctor but married a nurse) stood;held me by the tie and pronounced that he would kill me.! Hear him”-You called me Mr man,who is your Mr man? I can kill you now and nothing would happen”. This was unbelievable in a civilized society with a supposedly ‘literate’ being who we all believe are engaged in humanitarian service. No wonder his office has no signpost!

I was terrified at this juncture. What filled my heart went beyond his wild moment.I was seeing poisoned injections,acidic knives or even forceful application of killer drugs on us. I kept calm and did not struggle or respond  to all his threats and violent words,afterall,he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. He had made up his mind to eliminate us and cover his tracks-he confirmed this in his statement of wrath,maybe he’s a professional at this.

Ask me what my boy ,the patient was doing? He was shivering,mouth agape and flabbergasted. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. It was like a theatre of the absurd left for the two of us to watch alone.

My boy was looking at the two of us like a dodo but suddenly with tears in his eyes, he summoned courage and muttered some sympathetic words-”Please Sir, leave him for my sake” These few words worked like magic and the butcher withdrew  his ‘knife’ and the day was saved from the vampire under the cassock of a medical doctor.He brought out his office key from his pocket and opened his office door for us ,having held us hostage for almost one hour! As we escaped from the ‘ doctor’s’ gulag, WE BURST INTO A VICTORY SONG AND PRAISES TO GOD that saved us from untimely grave.

Please take a cue from the above scenario; take somebody along whenever you want to visit a clinic or any stranger and let somebody be on the standby for you,awaiting your coming out . If you are arrested ,somebody will go back home to report.

By Idowu Akintunde.

To

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Date: Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 3:24 PM
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The exact date and month I cannot recollect now, but I guess it was around June/July of the year 2005 when I came to Lagos for the greener pasture.My inability to put this in print ever since that time was deliberate as I decided to allow a breathing space on the story to hide my identity so as not to allow the high-muck-a-muck ‘specialist’  to feed on my innocent blood.

The day was bright and promising. I have just returned from work as a guardian to teenagers in a boarding house where one of them was sick  and decided to take him to a nearby ‘Clinic’ in the highbrow estate in Ikoyi,Lagos. One spectacular thing about this ‘infamous clinic’ is that it has no signpost(and not planning to have one)because of the reason best known to the owner despite others in the neighbourhood having signposts in their various hospitals/clinics.

Most of the time,this lone ranger ‘doctor’ was not always in his clinic but allows patients to be admitted on menial ailments just to make his money. What they do is to place the patient on drips for the doctor to attend(if fortunate) to him two or three days later!

On that fateful day as usual,he was not in the office. I did all the registration/documentations for the boy and was diagnosed of typhoid(by the nurses) and put on admission. I was visiting the boy on regular basis at the hospital and the boy’s complaints each time was not able to see the doctor. Surprisingly, he was discharged the third day and was left to leave the hospital alone to go home and come back for his injections! I met the boy in the hostel  when I returned from work and wondered why he left the hospital. He narrated his travail and vowed not to go back to the ‘clinic’ despite having injections to take. I calmed him and let him realized the implications of not completing the dose of prescribed injections.. He obliged but did not fail to recollect all the trauma he went through:bad ventilation,mosquitoes, bad food and a host of others.Mind you, he had not yet seen the doctor but only nurses.

The following day,in company of my superior officer,went to the clinic for a comprehensive report on the boy’s ailment and whether it was true he had been discharged ‘but the doctor was not available. We left the clinic but my boss left a message for the doctor to send his bills to the office for payment if it was true the boy had been discharged.

I repeated the visit the third day with the boy and yet the doctor was in the office but was quickly called on phone by his receptionist and surprisingly, in a jiffy made his way to his clinic and ushered us into his office. He gave a stern instruction to his receptionist not to allow anyone  in and put the door under lock with key and put the key in his pocket!! I was flabbergasted.It was like a criminal in the dock giving evidence before the jury! To safe time, I opened the discussion by thanking him for his ‘efforts’ treating my boy and the information that he had been discharged. That we came together for him to receive the remaining injections.I did not forget to remind him that he should forward his bills to my office as earlier said.

To anybody who has witnessed a snake spit his venom before, such would be better imagined how strangely this ‘doctor’ began to vomit fire! To my consternation,he laced me with virulent and vituperative words for almost an hour! We became(me and the patient) a prey to this vampire ‘doc’ who did not stop with his display of shame and callousness but descended on my boss(in absence) as well.He posted horrible words at my boss-to use his words”I want you to to tell those useless people who sent you here so that they can come here to meet me…I will show them the stuff Iam made of….” When I could no longer stomach his unwarranted  insults,threats,vituperation and scurrilous remarks on my personality and that of my boss,called him to order(forgetting that I was in a ‘dungeon’) afterall,we were his customers and customers ,no matter what happens ,as business etiquette is concerned are always right and we have not committed any crime to warrant such negative response. I cut in boldly and said”Mr man, I am not here to fight but to thank you and to see to the formal discharge of the boy admitted in your hospital”. He became furious the more. He became ferocious.He rose from his seat and pounced on me like the infamous and inglorious Orji-the notorious cannibal of Lagos in the early 90’s. This self acclaimed Doc(as I later learnt that he is not a qualified doctor but married a nurse) stood;held me by the tie and pronounced that he would kill me.! Hear him”-You called me Mr man,who is your Mr man? I can kill you now and nothing would happen”. This was unbelievable in a civilized society with a supposedly ‘literate’ being who we all believe are engaged in humanitarian service. No wonder his office has no signpost!

I was terrified at this juncture. What filled my heart went beyond his wild moment.I was seeing poisoned injections,acidic knives or even forceful application of killer drugs on us. I kept calm and did not struggle or respond  to all his threats and violent words,afterall,he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. He had made up his mind to eliminate us and cover his tracks-he confirmed this in his statement of wrath,maybe he’s a professional at this.

Ask me what my boy ,the patient was doing? He was shivering,mouth agape and flabbergasted. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. It was like a theatre of the absurd left for the two of us to watch alone.

My boy was looking at the two of us like a dodo but suddenly with tears in his eyes, he summoned courage and muttered some sympathetic words-”Please Sir, leave him for my sake” These few words worked like magic and the butcher withdrew  his ‘knife’ and the day was saved from the vampire under the cassock of a medical doctor.He brought out his office key from his pocket and opened his office door for us ,having held us hostage for almost one hour! As we escaped from the ‘ doctor’s’ gulag, WE BURST INTO A VICTORY SONG AND PRAISES TO GOD that saved us from untimely grave.

Please take a cue from the above scenario; take somebody along whenever you want to visit a clinic or any stranger and let somebody be on the standby for you,awaiting your coming out . If you are arrested ,somebody will go back home to report.

By Idowu Akintunde.