By Kola Animashaun
By June 7 we will know who becomes the Speaker. It would have to be Mulikat Akande-Adeola or Muraina Ajibola. Two of them come from Oyo State: both of them are lawyers and are two-time representatives. As I have heard them out, the two of them are very articulate. Any of them will be a credit for the lower legislative chambers.
The two of them have been earnest at their campaigns and baring some underhand anyone will be a credit to the House of Representatives.
Adeola has insisted that the speaker would be elected in the chambers of the House and she was determined to do the best to win. She has already found the hand of the former President in the pie – but for Muraina.
And, for that, she said the Speaker would not be picked from Abeokuta. By that she meant the Hilltop library where the ex-president has longed the futile gubernatorial bids. Rightly, Adeola insists the speaker will be Speaker of the House of Representatives and not from Abeokuta.
This is a very bright new day. One hundred are old legislators and 260 are green horns. Of the lot, some sizeable number belong to ACN, CPC and others and she expects to make a sizeable impression.
There is a damning campaign against the woman about her sex in favour of the man. Mulikat has made in-roads against ACN – a gender-friendly party, and it is expected to be a very keen competition.
Muraina has a weak … – he carried a baggage in the name of Obasanjo. He should have known that nobody conjures with his name now.
But the women must throw everything they have to see that one of their own becomes the Speaker.
Let me welcome back Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor-elect of Ogun State from Umra in the Holy Land. He must have been refreshed divinely for the work of governance. Ogun State has a lot of job to do. May Allah give him the wherewithal to accomplish it.
Don’t let us forget Diya, Olanrewaju, Jando and AK
We cannot forget … Abdul Karim Adisa. He was a Major-General of the Nigerian Army. He was a colourful Nigerian in whatever way you may think of him. He may be dead but we cannot forget him.
He was one of the few that went through the valley of death and lived.
We still remember Diya, Oladipo. He was a Lt-General of the Nigerian Army. He was one-time Nigeria’s number two man. Ogun State will never forget him. He has now settled down to work, among many things, in the vineyard.
My own brother, never-say-die, Tajudeen Adeniyi Olanrewaju, a Major-General, has been putting a word here and there. We cannot forget him. He is active in PDP and would do more given the chance. And, we cannot also forget Col. Jando.
For many years they had fought to see that the government did what is right by them. They applied to ex-President Obasanjo who, himself, was a beneficiary of government. If he had not been, he would not have been president for two terms; he did nothing. Yar’Adua did not have the time to do anything for them. I understand that President Jonathan has finally given these people reprieve.
Of course, the Oputa’s report has recommended to the Federal Government to apologise to these people because it was not a proper trial and it had recommended that they also be compensated.
President Jonathan will have to do the last thing to consummate the act. He must authorise the publication of the gazette to exonerate them.
Abdul Karim Adisa, as dead as he has been, can still benefit from the beneficence of President Jonathan just as Diya, Olanrewaju and Jando. Not only from apologies and compensation but also from being useful for services they can do for the Nigerian people as a matter of cause.
Power: the President should know this
Reach the President on truths about the ongoing Power projects in the country. Some powerful indigenous companies are likely to derail the President’s campaign promise to improve power supply to Nigerians.
One company based in Port- Harcourt is handling four power station projects in the Niger Delta and South-East. It is doubtful if this company will be able to deliver these projects going by the way the company is going about the construction of these stations.
There is virtually no meaningful activities going on in these sites and the indigenous company is not bothered. The sub-contractors are not being paid and they have moved out of site. Yet, this company continues to promise the President that it will deliver on impossible schedules and dates.
The foreign counterparts have all but completed their own projects in Sapele, Benin and Calabar though the contracts were awarded at the same time. In Benin and Calabar, indigenous contractors are delaying the gas delivery and the power evacuation subcontracts. The President should know this.
-Engr. Nnamdi Onuigbo