SERVICE Premie Oriyomi Awesu, recently graduated from Osun State University where he bagged a First Class Degree in Accounting (Banking and Finance). He is a devotee of Satguru Maharaj Ji right from childhood.
In this interview with our reporter, he speaks on the challenges encountered during his school days as an undergraduate; his personality in school and other sundry issues. Excerpts:
Tell us about your educational background?
I attended Ojodu Primary School in Lagos after which I proceeded to Ojodu Secondary School and finished in 2004. After my secondary school education, I seek admission to Osun State University and gained admission in 2012 to study accounting. So four years the line, I ended up graduating this year from the Department of Accounting (Banking and Finance). I graduated with a First Class Degree. The convocation was held on April 6, 2017. I thank Maharaj Ji that everything went on fine.
You said you are a devotee of Maharaj Ji. Do your mates in school know this?
Yes of course! Even my lecturers are also aware of this because anywhere I go, I don’t hide my identity and they respect me for that.
How do you feel being a devotee of Maharaj Ji as a student?
I feel good because being a devotee of Maharaj Ji has really helped me so far because if not for Maharaj Ji, I wouldn’t have achieved this feat because back in the school, there were so many challenges but by Maharaj Ji’s grace everything went on fine. All the courses that seems tough, I passed them all by Maharaj Ji’s grace and I came out in flying colours.
How did you become a devotee of Maharaj Ji?
Actually, I was born into One Love Family by my parents, so I grew up as a devotee of Satguru Maharaj Ji.
Is it that you were not a socialite while in school?
Well I am not really the social type but I was a public figure because I was the Class Rep from 100 Level through 400 Level. I was a public figure all through my stay in school but I don’t attend party. Definitely you will have female friends which is normal.
I only attended a dinner once and that was because of my status in the school. I was one of the king-makers in the academic setting because anybody that wants to come up as the SUG president, I am always involved and so because of my personality in school, I had to attend the party.
What type of personality were you?
As I said earlier, I was the Class Rep from 100 Level through 400 Level. I represented my department and the class in all aspect in the front of lecturers and even at times we were sent as representatives to the main campus at Osogbo because we operate five campuses.
To be a First Class graduate of any University is not an easy task. How did you pass this hurdle of coming out with a First Class Degree?
The only thing I can say is that I was able to scale through the hurdle out of Maharaj Ji’s grace because it wasn’t easy. When I first gained admission into 100 Level I ended up with a C.G.P of 4.27 while in Second semester 100 Level I ended up with 4.5, so I started my First Class grade and journey from Second semester 100 Level. I even have a higher grade of 4.67 at 300 Level but along the line, some games played up like some of my courses that I suppose to score A I was being given B or C which I accept with faith but at the end of the day by Maharaj Ji’s grace I was able to come out with a First Class Degree.
How did you feel on the day of your convocation?
I felt great; I felt so happy and so special because it wasn’t easy and I can’t just stop thanking Maharaj Ji for that.
What’s your advice for other youths outside there who are looking up to this kind of feat ?
My advice is that they shouldn’t give up because to achieve something great is not always easy. The road is always rough but they should keep on trying as an aphorism goes “joy will always end bitterness”. My fellow brothers outside there, I want to implore you that you should embrace Maharaj Ji because I would not have achieved this if not for Maharaj Ji.
I would advice them to keep using Maharaj Ji academically and they would excel .
‘In today’s Christianity, we are religious, not spiritual’
Prophet Olumayowa Ayobami Gbadero is the visionary of the Sanctuary of God for Salvation and Fruitfulness Ministries. In this interview with OLAIDE SOKOYA, he speaks on passion for the liberation of the country and his vision for Christianity in the country.
What is your take on the many challenges facing the country?
Going by the many challenges in the country and concurrent calamities in the society, no one can claim he or she is satisfied. I think the main issue is the problem of leadership; our leadership system is bad. Many that are in the leadership position of the country don’t have the mind of God. They are not doing things as if they will give account to God. They would say different things when they were aspiring for positions and act differently when they are in power and this has caused a serious problem, especially for the younger generation.
What can the church do to make things right in the country?
Recently, I was on my social media handle to charge all church leaders to act like the bold prophets in the Bible, prophets including Nathan and Joshua, among others, who didn’t talk to individuals excepts the government and leaders. So, I am also using this medium to once again call on all ministers of God to say the heart of God to our leaders and everyone holding sensitive positions in the country. It is important clerics speak the truth and stay by it irrespective of what it may cost. What the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, did and stood for in his days is still a reference point today. This is our main responsibility and God will be delighted and have mercy on the nation if truth is yielded to.
With your experience in the vineyard, how would you assess Christianity in the country?
In today’s Christianity, we are religious and not spiritual. There is a difference between spirituality and religiosity. Many people now pretend to be genuine Christians so as to appear so to others and even their pastors. They go to church and do all sorts in the church premises as camouflage, but deep down, they know they are not for Christ. They only go to church as a cover up. Some now even pray without any purpose because they see people pray and prayer is not just said by what you feel. When you are spiritual, the Holy Spirit will give you a hint on how to make prayers that would be answered.
Why did you choose to be a pastor?
I didn’t pick this as a profession, God called me and the call has been on before my birth. My late grandfather was a man of God. He was the first seer of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Murtala, Ilorin, Kwara State. I learnt that my grandfather prophesied that one of his grandchildren would take after him. The same revelation came forth to my parent when I was born. I grew up loving to be in the house of God and I joined virtually all the societies in our church. Then I did not know I was going to be called. It was after my graduation at The Polytechnic Ibadan where I studied Public Administration that God told me I had left what I was supposed to do. Many men of God I came across, including Prophet Timothy Obadare, confirmed and urged me to heed the call. I eventually heeded the call and the experience has been awesome.
The country will clock 59 in a few days.What message do you have for Nigerians?
It is only about giving a message of hope to Nigerians I have taken up the responsibility to intercede for the country and citizens. The programme, which has become an annual event tagged: “Bethel Encounter 2019,” has a lot to do with our Independence Day. This is where we seek the face of God on behalf of the country. God told me that I should do exactly what Jacob did that changed his name to Israel on Nigeria’s Independence Day. I am confident Nigeria and the citizens will have a new experience as a result of this year’s programme, which will hold on September 30 to the dawn of October 1. Nigeria is in the hands of both leaders and citizens, so, we cannot afford to fold our arms without making efforts to liberate the nation.
Uses WhatsApp the most, has eight hours of sleep… here’s how Barkindo spends his time off
Mohammed Barkindo, secretary-general of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), says WhatsApp is the most used mobile application on his phone.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua, Barkindo also said he is an evening person.
Here’s how OPEC’s secretary-general who recently began his second term in office spends time away from the work.
How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Normally between seven and eight.
What time do you set your alarm to wake up?
For 6 a.m. to pray al-Fajr.
Are you a morning or evening person?
Do you have an essential morning ritual?
My prayers. And a glass of water.
What’s your typical workout?
It is more a mental workout for me.
What’s your favourite sport or sports team?
Football. The Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles.
Which app is in heavy rotation on your phone?
What’s your go-to lunch spot?
Le Couscous in Vienna.
Who is your favourite author?
I have always loved reading Shakespeare. And the great poet and scholar Rumi.
What’s your favourite place to go on vacation?
It has to be returning to my home city of Yola. It’s where I can see family, relax, recharge, and reconnect with my roots.
What living or historical person do you truly admire?
Dr Rilwanu Lukman, the former OPEC secretary-general. The most decent person I have ever met.
If you had to take a year off, what would you do?
I think I would go back to university. To research and write.
What is your biggest fear?
The breakdown of international institutions and the global order.
If you were 20, what business would you get into?
It would be the oil and gas sector, with a focus on technologies that can help reduce emissions.
Do you ever expect to retire?
Yes, but to return to academia.
SGB Rejuvenates Education In Oyo State, Says Bamgbose
Reverend Muyiwa Bamgbose, an educationist, and the Proprietor, Education Advancement Centre (EAC), Ibadan was a member of Education Committee set up by Oyo state government under the leadership of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
In this interview, he told the story of the School Governing Board (SGB) , how it was birthed and successes recorded
As an Educationist and one time member of Education Reform Committee set up by Oyo State Government, how will you tell the story of School Governing Board (SGB)?
The story of Oyo State School Governing Board is the story of the birthing of a renaissance! It is a story of turning disadvantage to advantage through resourcefulness. Where there is is a will, there is always a way!
I had the privilege of serving on the committee that birthed the concept and can talk about the feeling of fulfilment that comes with achieving purpose. Everywhere I have had the opportunity of interacting with representatives of the SGB, the feedback has been exciting.
Before the advent of the SGB, the public education system was plagued with decay and lopsided distribution of resources die to the fact there was ‘no ownership’ of the provided resources. We went round this state and saw unbelievable deplorable situations. What was more pathetic was the attitude of the people and students themselves. Everyone looked up to government for provision, direction and implementation while government looked up to the federal government.
The fact of the situation is that the resources abounded among the people , to help secure the future of their community , alma mater or institution, but there was no sense of belonging. Business mist not continue as usual if we are to avert a looming disaster worse than the failures in WAEC.
What makes the School Governing Board system unique in Oyo state?
While the School Based Management System is not new, the Oyo State SGB is a variant with a significant difference with the adoption of a subtle but powerful innovation that recognised the role of core- stakeholders. It sounded alien to the known schemes , and I can say there were fears and mistrust about the intentions. Some notable groups fought against it but thank God at the end, everyone saw reason and embraced ‘true change’.
In the short period of operation, we thank God for notable testimonies of development. I want to say without any doubt in my heart that what we see is just a tip of the ice-berg. The success of the SGB is much more than these facilities, and resources. It is the impact it will have on our future, collectively.
The positive competitive spirit among the SGBs will lead to greater manifestation of the wealth of this state and even this region.
In a simple word, what is your advise to your constituency on the new face of education in Oyo state?
Like Malcolm X said, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”.
The best is yet to come.
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