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Edo 2024:Imasuagbon Deserving Real ‘Emilokon’



By Sim Omo

For those who know Barrister Ken Imasuangbon alias rice man, he is an epitome of simplicity, clarity. A man keen for details, astute in management of men and resources. Rice man is one Edo son who derives pleasure in finding solution to challenges of others. As a personage, he is a kind hearted, a philanthropist and a politician with a mixed grill of compassion, selflessness, humility and integrity with passion for service to humanity.

Aggregating these virtues, it is without sounding immodest to locate Mr Ken Imasuangbon on the pedestal of a trusted Nigerian and Edo indigene for service wether political , humanitarian, etc.

Expectedly, as the 2024 Edo Governorship electioneering season provides for undercover manoeuvring, intra -state consultations, the period bestows another opportunity for Edo people, the PDP to support his aspiration and succeed Godwin Obaseki, who has also done extremely well in the 8 years he is serving .

For Obaseki who took the reigns from Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the duo gave accounts of themselves in the development of what is today the new face of Edo state. This is without political sentiments, sychophancy , notwithstanding.

However, making a case for the Esan people, whose turn it is in this next political dispensation to produce the next governor, is germane and not out of point. A critical assessment of the Esan scenario of aspirants, those in the old order and the greenhorns, one personality who has the chest to govern Edo state: one, as a liberal, strong politically- willed personage. Two, as an experienced manager of men and resources, then three , as a popular Esan son, in Edo State, within the country Nigeria, and as one Internationally connected and well respected in overseas countries and by the American Government and people, you can’t give these attributes to anyone else if not Ken Imasuangbon,the Ewohimi born Abuja based business man with genuine investments in Education and Property.

No doubt providence smiles on Esan extraction this time if the Edo 2024 governorship scenario will be well managed, devoid of manipulation and compromise, patience indeed will be golden for the Riceman on the long run because he ought to be the first choice from the esan ancestry, weighed side-by side the ‘emilokon’ trajectory, which has become the current lexicon in our political language.

Though, the ’emilokon’ phrase, interpreted in English means, ‘it is my turn’ ‘Emilokon’has transformed into a lexicon in the political language-dictionary of Nigeria.

This new axiom does not depart from the reality that it is truly the turn of Esan and in extension, Ken Imasuangbon who among other contestants from that Edo axis is eminently qualified as the Numero Uno that should be governor.

But deserving of ‘emilokon ,the new lexis truly finds a fitting location in the Edo 2024 guber -race, which without doubt Esan people must be circumspect in rallying round Ken Imasuangbon because in fact , Imasuagbon -Riceman -‘lokon’.

Interestingly, dwelling on the new vocabulary, one finds it more captivating because day- in- day –out, the Nigerian political lexicon, though enriched often with familiar local coinage or vernacular words and Phrases, but conveys and invokes deep thoughts because of their meanings and often times what they portray or define.

For instance , in Enugu,there was the ‘Ebeano’, a political movement of the then Enugu state governor, His excellency Senator Chimaroke Nnamani. Up North, the ‘Kwankwasyia’ political crusade in Kano loyal to Dr Rabiu Kwakwanso also finds place in history. In the old western region, there were words and political identifications, or nomenclatures like the popular ‘Penkelemesi’ a localization of the phrase, ‘Peculiar Mess’, which Adegoke Adelabu the opposition leader in the western regional assembly had used on an occasion to describe the opposition in the old western region house of assembly. The list appears endless with more probably like the current ‘Emilokon’ from the intuitiveness of the president elect, Ahmed Bola Tinubu now in the marble

In muting ‘emilokon’, Tinubu may have had cause for such a deep conscious reasoning before expressing the word which simply means in English translation , ‘it is my turn’, or ,I am next

Albeit the popularity the coinage has gained, there ought not be too much arguments or subtle criticisms of the expression, if it is to draw attention by a long -aged marginalized group that indeed they deserve a position in a political contest ,or to ask that a wrong be corrected or made right, as in the frank request of Esan People and the Imasuangbon aspiration for the Dennis Osadebey Government House.

While in Tinubu’s claim, many discerning, unbiased political supporters saw reason and logic, recall too, that in the build –up to his presidency, the president elect had said, “ I have been a king maker, now I want to be king’

Though there appears to be a sharp difference in character and location of the person’s of Tinubu and Imansuangbon, in the Edo case,the Riceman’s governorship is built on humility and persuasion on Edo people to support or his aspiration

Evidently the 2024 Edo governorship contest scenario clearly defines Barrister Ken Imasuangbon, aka, Riceman as the real and unblemished candidate, deserving of the’emilokon’ coinage.

A very dogged, resilient and patient politician who has sacrificed a lot for the political development of Edo state since he joined the gubernatorial race in 2007, Mr Imasuangbon has consistently paid the price on the altar of letting peace reign, letting it go; hopefully that providence will one day beckon on him . This is why in this next political season , Edo people are to stake in his Governorship aspiration for greater democracy dividends

Whereas the prayers are that there would be no foreseeable hiccup ahead, this is buttressed by the fact that since 1999 when democracy returned to the country till date, the esan man only had a stint in the person of Professor Osariemhe Osunbor who ruled for only 18 months from May 29, 2007.

According to our democracy records , between 1999-2007, Chief Lucky Igbinedion , a benin man from Edo South and his Deputy, Chief Mike Oghiadome, an Afemai man from Edo North governed the state . Their administration ruled for eight years.But from 2007, when the Riceman joined the gubernatorial contest, having worked assiduously for the PDP and later the Grace- Group, the PDP faction that thereafter metamorphosed into Action Congress,AC and ACN, and later APC, Imasuagbon has contested consistently and in all the situations prevailed upon to step down for considerations which in patriotism he did for party , equity sake . First, he stepped down for Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to contest against Prof Osunbor in 2007. In that election, the Riceman collapsed his strategic 18-LGs structures and deployed all his electioneering assets to campaign for Oshiomhole of the AC, against Professor Osariemhe Osunbor of the PDP. Though Prof Osunbor was declared winner and governor- elect in that election, his victory was reversed and upturned by the Appeal court which was the Apex and final court for governorship cases at that time. Prof Osunbor’s inglorious tenure was short-lived as the AC and later ACN administration of Adams Oshiomhole an edo North man and his Binin Edo south deputy governor, Dr Pius Odubu, reigned for another eight years, having won the governorship election in 2008 after the appeal court declared them authentic winner of the 2007polls, and again in 2012 and served as executive governor from 2008 to 2016.

From 2016 through to 2020, the Riceman featured and in the last Edo Governorship, in which Governor Obaseki switched from the ruling APC to PDP, then it was Imasuangbon and one Engineer Ikhaine, two critical PDP Governorship aspirants from Esanland that were appealed to , to Step down and allow Obaseki run for his second tenure .Again the Riceman listened to the voices of reasoning and availed Obaseki that chance with his teeming supporters and assets which enabled the incumbent to win in a landslide. That Imasuangbon’s consistent goodwill is what ought to be reciprocated now by Obaseki and the PDP by drumming support for his candidature in the build up and the 2024 edo governorship election proper, now that the doors swing to esan people of edo central senatorial district ,where the cap fits Ken Imasuangbon, alias rice man.

Instructively, the Imansuangbon aspiration does not require divining via a crystal ball or contracting Marabouts to seek their oracles as to who should lead esan people in this next political journey and dispensation. As it were, the crusade for the Riceman’s governorship is persuasive, built on trust and God, that as a successful entrepreneur and private sector player, Ken Imasuagbon will manage men and resources of Edo to the full potentials of the development of the state.

Imasuagbon will build on the sound economic and socio- political foundations laid and built by past governors of the state, from 1999 till date. This is essentially as one who has been prepared with fantastic blue print since 2007, having contested the governorship severally with the capacity to serve and hit the ground running.

A philanthropist who has continuously provided for the down trodden as well as schools, from primary to tertiary, providing computers, laptops, food to the indigent , in his yearly distribution of rice and other food items, from where he earned the ‘ Riceman appellation, who really compares to Imasuagbon among the aspirants from our candid estimation of experience, political maturity?

None, not even among the oldies and greenhorns

Committed to serve Edo people ,Ken Imasuangbon, is a lawyer with Investments in real estate and education, as chairman of the prestigious pacesetters group of schools in Abuja

What else, there’s indeed nothing to add, except to give him a chance to serve as governor this time around and see Edo become an Eldorado.

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NSCDC Under Audi: CWAI Highlights Achievements and Paradigm Shift



A civil society and pressure group, non-profit and anti-corruption organization has stated that the crackdown on illegal miners has saved the economy huge financial revenue loss as a result of securing the mining sector which is a vital component of Nigeria’s economy. The CSO further observed that this destruction of over 350 illegal refineries has also assisted to reduce the menace of oil theft in the Niger Delta region as well as the arrest and recovery of critical assets and railway materials worth over 5 billion Naira.

It is instructive that the creation of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC’s Special Mines Marshals to combat the menace of illegal mining has also enabled the reduction of mining theft, oil and gas sector of the country as the present management of the NSCDC under the leadership of Dr Abubakar Audi is determined to nip in the bud these challenges once and for all.

Howbeit, the creation of the Civil Defence Academy in Jos, Plateau State, for career development and progression; the creation of NSCDC Arms Squad Training School at Ugede Development Area in Nasarawa LGA of Nasarawa State is very instructive; the massive acquisition of mini fire fighter tankers for disaster management in case of emergencies are worthy of note and big morale booster for the corps and the procurement of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles for the NSCDC to use in fighting criminalities across the country is a welcome development under the present administration.

In a press release signed in Warri, Delta State by the Executive Secretary of Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele on Tuesday, the CSO identified bad governance, abject poverty and unemployment as some of the root causes of attacks on our critical oil and gas assets including the mining sector in the country. He stated that poverty and hunger have contributed to the damages being recorded in the oil and gas facilities and that the degradation of the environment due to exploration and oil spills has not helped matters as it has deprived communities’ access to their traditional methods of livelihoods.

The organization observed that: “There is therefore the need to confront and tackle poverty and other issues, so as to reduce the menace.” That government should deploy special equipment, create forums to engage the various communities, collaborate and partner with private security guards, armed forces and intelligence services to stem the tide of oil theft and mining plundering.

In an effort to curb Illegal mining and create safe mining environment recently, the Federal Government commissioned 350 additional operatives of the NSCDC as mining marshals. This is happening barely few months after the first batch of 2,220 mining marshals were inaugurated. This is as the marshals underscore the Federal Government’s commitment to reforming the unlicensed operators across the country. According to reports, since the inauguration, over 200 illegal mining suspects have been arrested, 133 prosecutions underway and confiscated illegally mined minerals forfeited to the Federal Government. CWAI gathered that as part of its efforts to strengthen, protect and safeguard schools across the country, the Save School Initiative was launched for the protection of vulnerable schools and to reduce the menace of kidnapping in schools and the creation of the NSCDC Female Squad to aid in tackling kidnappings and other restiveness in schools which has yielded enormous dividends by the reduction of this heinous crime.

CWAI noted the various institutional nationwide reformations presently taking place across the corps as well as the new sense of belonging, increase in welfare packages for the corps, prompt payment of emoluments, allowances including the zero tolerance for corruption initiated by the new management. This, without doubt, has given the corps a pride of place in the paramilitary organizations in the country and has raised the ‘esprit-de-corps’ of the men and officers like never before seen. The robust welfare, motivated packages through massive promotions, conversion, upgrading and other benefits-in-kind are really commendable and not to mention the construction of official and residential buildings within and outside the NSCDC headquarters, including the procurement of operational and office equipment and the purchase of over 200 operation vehicles are also worthy of note.

The arrest of students for acts unbecoming of them across institutions of learning in the country; arrest of practitioners of same sex marriages is a major milestone; the commendations given by governors of Zamfara, Gombe, Ogun, Jigawa and Katsina states recently are also worth mentioning; the reduction of the incessant herders’ and farmers’ clashes and cattle rustling; the deployment of undercover corps officers to schools;  the collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to reduce criminal activities across the country with the toga ‘See Something, Say Something;” the robust relationships of inter-agency corporations and partnerships with sister agencies such as the Navy, Army, Customs, Immigration, NNPC, and civil society organizations, is a major achievement that must be applauded; the consistent advocacies carried out by the CG to intimate and assure Nigerians to believe in the corps’ operations to engender faith in security agencies, are all worthy of note.

The continued fight against cyber-crimes, child abuse and the flushing out of illegal guard private operators; the arrest of smugglers, vandals and pipeline/oil thieves in the Niger Delta region have become an Herculean task that must be achieved, according to the CG, saying that the Service “is presently doing all it can to curb the proliferation of small arms across the length and breadth of the country.” He also read the Riot Act to the Corps’ commandants in the Niger Delta states, assuring them that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has a zero-tolerance to civil theft. He asked them to do all they can to nib crimes in the bud in line with a presidential order to rid the nation’s oil sector of economic saboteurs, vandals, criminals, oil thieves and other nefarious activities inimical to the growth of the sector.

CWAI can attest to the fact that the giant strides achieved so far by the current leadership are as a result of the strategic directions taken on the commissioning of the Standard Curriculum for NSCDC for entrenching career progression, effective supervision and transparent regulation of the Private Guard Companies in Nigeria which has reduced insecurity across the country. CWAI asserts that this is connected to a new reinvigorated legal department, successes in anti-vandalism, protection of farmers’ physical security at mining sites and the establishment of Special Female Squad (SFS) targeted at boosting the fight against insecurity and the location of the squad in all Commands across the country. This has also enhanced the safe school response coordination and the protection of schools in remote areas and border communities, which is done in collaboration with other security agencies of the Army and the Department of State Services (DSS) to foil attempts to attack schools. This is endorsed by all stakeholders.

Similarly, the Commandant-General has continuously urged security agencies/operatives to shun inter-agency rivalry to foster national security. The CG gave this charge at a recent security seminar tagged “Promoting Inter-Agency Collaboration Among Security Agencies.” He noted that “the rivalry was capable of eroding relationships building over time between security agencies and consequently rubbed off negatively on the provision of adequate security.”  

CWAI also endorsed the amicable settlement of conflicts and dispute resolutions between herdsmen, farmers, cattle rustlers and villagers, community leaders and bandits – all championed by the current management of the NSCDC. The pressure group also applauded the vision, mission and the ability to implement its mandate as regards the settlement of disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolute (ADR) between warring parties.

CWAI recognizes the importance of conflict and dispute resolution mechanism in today’s contemporary issues and conflict management, and commended the leadership for thinking out of the box and finding lasting solutions in today’s crises-prone society, where conflicts have become the order of the day with the support of the proactive Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Ojo.

CWAI emphasized a renewed vigour for the increment of national budget allocated to the NSCDC in view of the pivotal role it plays in the reduction of criminal elements in the protection of critical national assets and the reduction of kidnapping in our schools as a result of the school initiative, which if properly funded will give the NSCDC the impetus to do more for the nation and its workforce.

We are encouraged to commend the public procurement and contract approvals, accountability in procurement process and payments. We also applaud the transformation, vision and forthrightness of the leadership in changing the narrative to make the Corps the cynosure of all eyes through discipline, promotion of officers when due and capacity building of officers and men, including building strategic alliances with various ivory towers across the land, to upgrade the service institutions to meet with what is attainable globally and build robust sister inter-agency collaborations.

CWAI, therefore, has no hesitation in passing a vote of confidence on the Dr. Abubakar Audi-led management and calls on the international community and well-meaning Nigerians to support the NSCDC management and allow them to concentrate on their mandate and continuously support the proactive leadership to enable it further its commitment and efforts to the general wellbeing of the nation.

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Groups Back Federal Govt’s Initiatives, Laud Agric Minister For Generating Over 60,000 Jobs



Over 1000 bloggers under the aegis of the Bloggers and Vloggers Content Creators Association in Nigeria (BAVCCA) and Tinubu -Shettima Support Group have lauded the creation of 60,000 jobs in various rural economies across the country under the leadership of the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari.

The bloggers and Tinubu-Shettima Support Group in a joint statement on Sunday signed by the Vice President of BAVCCA, Dr. Adebayo Olugbenga, National Coordinator of Tinubu-Shettima Support Group Alhaji Shehu Mohammed and the Secretary, Hon Uche Okafor respectively expressed their unwavering support for Kyari’s transformative leadership and the significant progress made in the agricultural sector under his stewardship in the last one year.

The State reads in part, “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we, the members of the Bloggers and Vloggers, Content Creators Association in Nigeria, and the Tinubu-Shettima Support Group gathered here today to pass a vote of confidence in the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari.

“In the past one year, Senator Kyari has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to revolutionizing agriculture in Nigeria, and we are here to applaud his remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication to this crucial sector of our economy.”

They pointed out that the agricultural sector under the watch of Kyari, has injected an estimated value of N309 billion into the Nigerian economy in the last one year, as the money was injected through the harvest of agricultural produce.

And commended the minister for the provision of rural infrastructure, such as the construction of 77.8km of asphalt roads; construction of 130.9 km of earthen roads; provision of 102 motorized and solar-powered boreholes and installation of 6,504 solar street lights, as well as generating over 60,000 jobs in various rural economies.

Enumerating some of the Minister’s achievements, they said the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security had launched dry season farming with cultivation of 118,657 hectares of wheat in 15 states in the acceleration of all-year-round farming in a bid to ensure food and nutrition security.

They noted that at the end of dry season farming, that one of the participating States, Jigawa, had produced 55,000 metric tonnes of wheat.

The Vice President of BAVCCA disclosed that the Federal Government has also supported 107,429 wheat farmers with inputs such as fertilizers, seeds, and pesticides, resulting in an output of 474,628 metric tonnes.

The leadership of BAVCCA and the Tinubu-Shettima supporters observed that in response to the Presidential directive, the Ministry of Agriculture had released 42,000metric tonnes of assorted food commodities made up of maize, millet, sorghum, and garri, from the National Strategic Food Reserve to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for onward distribution to vulnerable Nigerians.

As part of measures to reduce escalating prices of food items in the markets, they expressed joy that the Federal Government procured and distributed 58,500 metric tonnes of milled rice to all States of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

According to the statement, “To reduce malnutrition and stunted growth among children, the Federal Government had embarked on fortification of crops with Vitamin A micro-nutrient to enrich nutrition content and health value of food commodities.

“In response to persistent food inflation, the Federal Government has distributed 60,432metric tons of improved seeds, 887,255mt seedlings, 138numbers of value kits, 501,726 litres of agrochemicals, 62,328.5 metric tonnes of inorganic fertilizers, 1,000kg fungicide, and 33,200 equipment to farmers across different value chains to enhance production.

“The Ministry also received 2.15 million bags of fertilizer from the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) for distribution to farmers free of charge, adding that the distribution of the farm input has begun across the States.

“As part of measures to guarantee the protection and safety of farmers in their farmlands, there has been an improvement of farmland security with the provision of additional resources to Agro Rangers and other security agencies.

“On livestock production and animal health, the Federal Government had in the last one year procured and distributed 14,056,467 doses of anthrax spore, foot, and mouth diseases vaccines for risk-based vaccination exercise in 22 high-risk states across Nigeria.”

The groups further noted with satisfaction the establishment of animal health centres and veterinary hospitals, six micro earth dams and eight boreholes, 164 milk collection centres, eight cottage feed mills, and seven livestock centres in the country.

On Mechanisation, BAVCCA explained that the Ministry had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with John Deere and Tata Africa to assemble in-country and supply 10,000 tractors with implements and accessories at 2,000 units yearly, as well as 100 units of combine harvesters to support production.

The groups explained that the Federal Government had partnered with the Brazilian government for the sum 995,000 Euros to provide mechanisation hubs across the Federation.

They are confident that under the continued stewardship of Kyari, the agricultural sector will thrive, contributing to the country’s food security, economic prosperity, and sustainable development.

“Kyari’s dedication, innovation, and tireless efforts have truly set a new standard for agricultural leadership in Nigeria.

“We, the members of BAVCCA and Tinubu-Shettima Support Group, pledge our unwavering support and commitment to working alongside the Minister to further strengthen the agricultural sector and realise our collective vision of a prosperous, food-secure, and environmentally sustainable Nigeria,” the statement assured.

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Coalition lauds NCC’s commitment to telecoms’ sector increase in contributions to nation’s GDP




The Coalition on Transparency and Rule of Law (CTRL) has commended theGo Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its commitment to the nation’s telecoms sector which has led to an increase in its contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).


The coalition also praised the leadership of Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, for his vision and strategic goal alignment.


In a statement signed by Sunday Thomas, the coalition said: “We are thrilled to acknowledge the recent remarks made by Dr. Aminu Maida, reaffirming the commission’s commitment to significantly enhancing the telecoms sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP.


“Dr. Maida’s leadership and creative vision are commendable, demonstrating the NCC’s dedication to driving economic growth and development.”


The coalition further praised Dr. Maida’s ambitious target of achieving a 25% increase in the telecoms sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP, noting that it showcases the commission’s proactive stance in harnessing the potential of the telecommunications industry.


The group also acknowledged Dr. Maida’s leadership style, which has fostered an open-door policy, encouraging industry stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue with the commission.


“We extend our heartfelt commendation to Dr. Maida and the NCC for their dedication to driving sustainable economic growth and development in the telecoms sector,” Thomas added.


“Their commitment is aligned with our mission to champion policies and practices that uphold transparency, accountability, and sustainable economic growth.”


The coalition expressed its support for the NCC’s endeavours, acknowledging the imperative need for synergistic collaboration between the public and private sectors.


They believe that the NCC’s commitment will catalyze other sectors to strive for similar growth and contribution to Nigeria’s GDP.


“We believe that Dr. Maida’s 25% target is feasible, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact of this initiative on our economy and the lives of Nigerians,” Thomas concluded.

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