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How Governor Abiodun’s Aides Hijacked Governance in Ogun By Folorunso Fatai Adisa – The Maravi Post

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“Waiting for an incompetent government to fix things is much like waiting for Godot.”— C.A.A. Savastano. 

The Cambridge Dictionary defines incompetence as: “lack of ability to do something successfully or as it should be done”. I am a lover of this dictionary. I prefer it to Oxford and Longman dictionaries among others; however, for the first time, I would have to disagree with the dictionary because of its definition of incompetence. If the dictionary had defined “incompetence” as Dapo Abiodun, the executive Governor of Ogun State, I would have scored it 100 percent. 

When the above quote was weaved by one C.A. Savastano, the man must have had the Governor of Ogun State on his mind as waiting for the Governor to fix the hydra-headed problems rocking Ogun State is equivalent to waiting for Godot. To understand what it means for waiting for Godot, in what follows, I shall briefly explain. 

In Albert Camus’ book, the “Myth of Sisyphus”, he presents to us the dilemma of man and the futility of his toils. He compares man and his existence to the life of Sisyphus who spent all his life rolling a big stone up a high hill. 



Diligently, Sisyphus started his day rolling up the stone with all his energy- and strategies- and when he eventually succeeded in rolling it to the top of the hill, the stone would roll down. An unfortunate man, he would repeat the process(es) and the stone would roll down again after a lot of sweat and toil. Consistently, he kept doing that daily– rolling up the stone, stone falling, rolling it up again and again — until he died. Sisyphus worked quite hard but what did he achieve? Nothing. Yes, like “Myth of Sisyphus”, “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Barclay Beckett is another, of the many, examples of the theatre of absurdity— which is deeply rooted in the principle of existentialism. Waiting for Godot explains the nothingness of life. May we not be the metaphor for Waiting for Godot; because it is the metaphor for hopelessness and the textbook definition of nothingness. In other words, waiting for Governor Dapo Abiodun to fix the many problems that are wrestling Ogun State is like waiting for Godot to have his government hijacked by his aides, most of whom are more experienced in the art of politics than he is.

From the highhandedness of the SSG, Tokunbo Talabi, the Chief of Staff, Shuaib Salisu, to the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Affairs, Rt. Hon Egebtokun who have passively usurped the administration from the Governor as a result of his inexperience in the art of governance, Ogun State is currently suffering from the asphyxiation that is a product of powerful tussle and incompetence. Consequently, the government is passive and unresponsive to the woes of the good people of Ogun State— an example of the clamour for help by the people of Ifo and Ado Odo Ota local governments of the state over the impassable road networks of the areas.

The residents of Agbado—Ijoko, an area of Ijoko, Ifo Local Government Area, that I know like the back of my palm have spent no less than 3 million naira— self-help— on trying to make the road networks in the area manageable for vehicles to ply. Their pleas and cries have fallen on the deaf ears of the state government. Similarly, residents of Ado Odo Ota, the most industrialised local government area, and the cash cow of Ogun State are exhausted of complaining about the lackadaisical attitude of this government towards their cry for help.

Earlier today, 30 September, 2021, in a video circulating online, some members of the Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC) stormed the Office of the Governor in Oke Mosan to express their dissatisfaction and request the sacking of the SSG. The elderly woman who led the group complained of how hardship has enveloped the peoples of the state and how the state government had neglected the party members. She continued that the SSG pontificated that he is powerful and can do as he pleases— highhandedness. She further expressed her dissatisfaction with the SSG’s highhandedness and arrogance: here is the link to the video https://m.facebook.com/100001993211875/posts/4387290521347345/.

Trying to defend the Ogun State Governor and his cohorts will be equivalent to a people who have fallen in love with the oppressor and the oppressor’s corruption, the oppressor and the oppressor’s lies, the oppressor and the oppressor’s incompetence. Incontrovertibly, some youths in Ogun State will defend this administration even unto death even when it tramples on civic vigilance and responsibility. An administration that has over a week left the banks in Ijebu shut down over fears of being robbed— insecurity. 

In Yorubaland, an aphorism goes that: “Koni buru buru ki Baba ni odowo omo oun lorun” which can be roughly translated as “A father wouldn’t commit the affairs of running the home in the hands of his dead son”. Whatever is referred to as the head leads. The Governor is the one whom we had voted for and we had trusted to effectively and efficiently direct the affairs of the state. It would be unbecoming at best and dispiriting at worst to see his administration hijacked by ordinary appointees. 

To be persuaded by the Ogun State Government’s data boys who are mouthing—online— constipated rationalisations in favour of the politics of the belly, constantly saying that Ogun State is performing because of their own stomach infrastructure, while making ends meet for themselves, will amount to the funeral of Ogun State. 

We are freeborn of this state and we wouldn’t waste away in silence to watch our state being mismanaged. Ogun State is a state of many firsts and we wouldn’t watch it move from the peak to its nadir. Every critique of literature or governance is not a hater of it; rather, they are persons who want the best out of them.

It is on the pedestal of the aforesaid that we implore the Governor of Ogun State, H.E Prince Dapo Abiodun to wake up from his slumber and assume the driver’s seat we had entrusted in his hands to turn the fortunes of Ogun State around. Should the administration fail, we wouldn’t remember Tokunbo Talabi, Egbetokun, and their ilks; rather, we would say: Dapo Abiodun’s Administration failed. My dear Governor, wake up and take charge!

Folorunso, Fatai Adisa writes in from Abeokuta.
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A name that is started to surface on the internet is still under the veil such as who is Gino Giumarello, the person who found died in a car accident that happened this Sunday, October 10, 2021. However, cops and other investigation teams are searching about the real identity so that his kin get to know about the person who was found dead. However, the cops are investigating more about the circumstances in which he met with the accident.

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As soon as people got to know about him and the news came up that their favourite personality Gino Giumarello has left the world for heaven people started to mourn his death where, out of many of condolences wishes we saw this one where someone wrote that “Our hearts exit to you for your time of sorrow, Someone so unique can by no means is forgotten and can be deliberating you on this second of pain”.

Some of his very close ones wrote “Words fall quick of expressing our grief to your loss, as we mourn with the own circle of relatives of Gino Giumarello for this super loss. We are honestly sorry to pay attention to the lack of this promising being. Please receive our condolences and might our prayers assist consolation you. Please get hold of our heartfelt condolences.”

When the news came across plenty of social sites people came up and grieved on his death well as per the sources the investigation team has not revealed any official update about him so far but we are trying our best to let you know about the real circumstances under which he met with an accident and got died. Well, no doubt that the news is so heart-wrenching so in this time feel free to send his family positivity and our deepest condolences are with his family and all friends.

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Chris Gerstner Car Accident Video? Passed Away on October 12, 2021 Wiki Biography Age

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Recently, it has been coming forward that Chris Gerstner has passed away. The news is quite shocking and it has left so many people mourning. No one is able to accept the fact that the innocent is not anymore among us and has gone to heaven. Well, there is one saying that God always calls those who are good at heart. Seems like God has called Chris Gerstner as well. Ever since the announcement, people are wondering what could have happened with Chris and what was his death cause. Here is what we have come to know about him.

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The death news started to surface on social media from Tuesday, October 12, 2021, onwards. People are taking to their respective social media accounts to pay the pure soul a heartfelt tribute. So far, hundreds of messages have been reported where people are praying for the peace of Chris Gerstner’s soul. It is really unfortunate to lose someone so close so early. The news has devastated the people who happen to know him and were on good terms with him. All his family, friends and relatives are consoling his unexpected death and expressing their sadness.

However, people are also searching for what happened to him so suddenly that he couldn’t survive and dies so soon. Following the reports where some sources are claiming that Chris Gerstner died after meeting with a tragic car accident. Yes, it is being said that he was inside his vehicle and when the unfortunate accident took place. Though how did it happen and if he was with someone or not has come forward. Let us also add that we do not confirm his death cause as the written information is being taken from online sources. We will update this section after receiving any information.

Just like the death cause, there is not much available about him as well. It is being said Chris was a generous man who believed in thinking about others. His sudden demise has taken everyone closer to him by storm. We can’t even imagine what his family must have been going through. Besides, his funeral details are also not available as of now. You can pay your heartfelt tribute to the deceased as well. Whereas all the necessary details or information regarding Chris Gerstner will be updated soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family in his extremely hard and difficult time.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for African governments to strengthen social protection systems and fulfill people’s rights to social security and an adequate standard of living, Human Rights Watch said today.

Many African governments introduced measures like cash transfers and food assistance in response to the rising poverty and hunger occasioned by the pandemic, but most households received no support. The World Bank forecasts that the Covid-19 crisis will have pushed an additional 29 million Africans into extreme poverty by the end of 2021.

“The Covid-19 crisis has wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of millions of households across Africa, leaving families hungry and desperate for help,” said Mausi Segun, Africa director at Human Right Watch. “African governments should urgently invest in the social protection systems needed to ensure that Africans can endure the pandemic’s devastating economic impact with dignity.”

Between March 2020 and August 2021, Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 270 people in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda about the impact of the pandemic on access to food and livelihoods, and government efforts to respond. Researchers spoke to affected individuals and families, health workers, government officials, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, and bilateral donors, among others.

In Kenya and Nigeria, Human Rights Watch documented job losses, falling income, and widespread hunger among people living in poverty in Nairobi and Lagos. In Kenya, the research also highlighted an increase in violence against women and girls during Covid-19-related lockdowns and curfews.

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In Ghana and Uganda, researchers examined an increase in child labor due to the pandemic. In Cameroon, the research highlighted corruption and a lack of transparency in the government’s use of funds intended to address the health and economic impacts of Covid-19.

Interviews in Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda were conducted by or in conjunction with partner organizations, including Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (Nigeria), Friends of the Nation (Ghana), and the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (Uganda).

People interviewed in all five countries said that lockdowns, travel restrictions, and other measures imposed to control the spread of the virus, coupled with a pandemic-linked economic downturn, decreased their access to food and other essentials.

In Ghana, a 14-year-old girl said that, after losing access to free school meals because of school closures, she worked nine hours a day gutting and scaling fish. “If I don’t do it, life will be tough for all of us,” she said.

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Most people interviewed reported that they had not received any government support. “The state hasn’t helped us,” said a hotel secretary from Douala, Cameroon, who struggled to pay for her children’s food and schooling after her salary was cut by two-thirds.

The lack of unemployment support, child benefits, and other forms of financial or in-kind assistance for people who lost jobs or income reflects the weaknesses of African social protection systems. Data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) reveals that fewer than 20 percent of Africans had access to any social protection whatsoever in 2020, or when data for their country was last available.

Many African governments sought to close gaps in social protection coverage during the pandemic by introducing measures like cash transfers and food assistance. But Human Rights Watch found in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda that the programs introduced or expanded reached only a fraction of households needing support.

“We keep hearing rumors about the government sharing money and food, but I haven’t seen any in my area,” said a mother of seven from Lagos State, Nigeria, who lost her job as a cleaner in March 2020 due to Covid-19-related closures.

Research in Kenya and Nigeria also revealed that corruption has at times prevented the limited available social assistance from reaching those who need it most. In Kenya, Human Rights Watch found evidence that local officials and politicians in charge of enrolling people in a Covid-19 cash transfer program ignored eligibility criteria and directed benefits to their relatives or friends instead.

Other deserving households received no assistance. “We demonstrated at the chief’s office because other people were getting support while we didn’t,” said a schoolteacher from Nairobi, who lost her job during the lockdown and struggled to feed her four school-age children.

The risk of corruption has been increased by inadequate oversight over funds lent for Covid-19 response by international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Human Rights Watch research into anticorruption requirements in emergency loans provided to Cameroon and Nigeria, as well as Ecuador and Egypt, found that the information governments disclosed about how they had spent IMF funds varied widely and was inadequate for meaningful oversight.

Under international human rights law, governments have an obligation to fulfill the right to an adequate standard of living, including the rights to food, water, and adequate housing, and the right to social security, which are also recognized as entitlements under African human rights law. The right to social security requires countries to provide people with healthcare, old-age, child, unemployment, and other benefits needed to obtain an adequate standard of living, including in times of economic crisis.

“For many African governments, the Covid-19 pandemic was a wake-up call that investing in social protection systems is vital not only to ensure that people have access to food and other basic goods but also to their country’s economic resilience,” Segun said. “Now the challenge is to improve and expand the temporary measures introduced to build robust and transparent programs that will permanently protect people’s right to an adequate standard of living.”

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