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The making of Engineer OMOWAIYE.

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THE global events point to one fact that the world longs for people who will stand up for what they believe, even if they have to stand alone, leaders whose courage has such a strong sense of purpose and security that they welcome the unknown.
Engineer Oluremi Omowaiye, a COREN Registered Engineer and ICT specialist, is a man with a rare courage and this has helped him to move various organizations, personalities and governments from the state of relegation to the limelight. He was born about four decades ago at Ilesa, State of Osun,Nigeria.

A 2003 Electrical/Electronics Engineering graduate of  the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Engineer Omowaiye equally has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with expertise in Financial Management.

Not yet done with his pursuit, the young and enterprising Omowaiye started his professional career as a Trainee in the hardware/telecom department of  EcoBank Lagos , later to the Electrical Engineering department of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Imo state. He served as the ICT Assistant to the then Vice Chancellor of LAUTECH as well as the Head of LAUTECH Web Technology between 2006- 2010.

What a man cannot propagate before his death is not success, while in LAUTECH, the multi-tasking and dynamic engineer pioneered the design and deployement  of the students web portal and financial automation system of the institution, a remarkable feat which is still operational till date. Blessed with a passion to lift the fortunes of his community and people, in 2007, Engineer Remi Omowaiye rendered qualitative services to his state when he served as a consultant to the UNIOSUN Implementation committee. Based on merit and mental capacity for productivity, he was distinguished with another appointment to serve as a Technical consultant on ICT/ETF projects for the Osun State College of Education Ilesa.

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Heroes are ordinary people, but with extraordinary determination, he also served as consultant to Thaboera IT Solutions, South Africa . Impressively, he maintained a rhythmic success story just as he served as consultant to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), serving as the Deputy Head Technical on Virtual Institute of Technical Education in Africa (VIHEAF ) Project for UNESCO  Bamako Cluster Office in 2009.

The skillful Omowaiye has deep knowledge in computer programming and wireless technology, his optimistic hunger for competitive advantage and consuming passion for academic pursuit earned him a significant reputation as he is a Microsoft Certified Developer (MCPD) as well as a globally certified hacker who has to his credit about ten ICT Internationally recognized certifications. His versatility and unending search for knowledge has given his professional career and advancement a magnificent exposure to study in four continents of the world, Remi is scholarly trained in Nigeria, France, Ghana, United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Africa, United Kingdom, India and Senegal.

In practical display of his acquired skills over the years, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) hired Remi Omowaiye as their Lead Forensic Expert at the National Assembly/State Election Petition Tribunal in 2011. His foray and pursuit in politics is objectively to channel his ICT competence and rewarding experience to articulate, propagate and emancipate his immediate environment in the overall interest of the government and the governed through unquantifiable service, this was instrumental to his first political appointment in the Year 2012 as a Special Assistant on Electronic Media by The Governor of The State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

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The savvy computer guru and political disciple of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu school of progressivism displayed proficiency, maturity and unparalleled leadership traits having been selectively chosen to serve in several governmental committees in implementation and advisory roles with preferential edge in Health, Education, ICT, Information, Agriculture among others.

The Ijesa born technocrat was an integral part of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Publicity Committee of Ogbeni Aregbesola re-election bid in 2014 and the Director of Data Ogbeni Aregbesola door 2 door campaign organisation (OD2D). Having served as media/information management consultant with proven track performances to notable politicians within and outside the South West, he was also an active member of the APC Presidential campaign for South West , where he intelligently contributed meaningfully to the publicity committee. As a reward of his immense contribution, support and loyalty to the ethics and principles upon which the threshold of  the Aregbesola administration stands, he was elevated by the Governor to the post of Technical Director to OSBC / Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Electronic Media and Broadcast in December 2014, a position he served meritoriously before his recent nomination where he had performed exceptionally and wonderfully well as a rare breed of honest political class.

Till date, the intellectual brainbox is still a consultant to United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) as well as a consultant and technical adviser to the Honourable Minister of Health of The Federal Republic of Nigeria on Strategic Communications and Technology Support. He is an active member of Osun Cancer Detection and Management project team.

Engineer Remi Omowaiye is a consummate politician with a broad view of implementing the ideology and vision of the APC manifesto, very accessible and accommodating, his general interest is engrossed in qualitative service delivery with commitment and diligence. He is a timely goal setter and goal getter, he is best described as a professional in political space. He is an alumnus of Media Academy, Capetown South Africa. He also attended Koeing Solutions India.

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He is highly proficient in web programming, micro processor programming, he has a midas touch of excellence in Broadcast production and technology and an expert in Telemedicine. Unarguably, he is a social media guru, a platform through which he has distinguished himself as an accomplished political technocrat across the country and beyond.

A motivational and inspirational leader to his generation, Engineer Omowaiye has attended many fora, seminars, conferences and educational summits locally and internationally, with several academic publications to his untainted credit. He is one of the Must-Look-Out cabinet members in the newly constituted team of Aregbesola’s administration.

Omowaiye was screened on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 by the Osun State House of Assembly.

 

Sourced from the resume submitted to the Osun State House of Assembly.

 

 

 

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Oyo: Makinde Mother’s Burial Holds December

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Body of Chief   (Mrs.) Abigail Makinde, the mother of Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde will be interred  in the first week of December.

Governor Makinde disclosed this yesterday while playing host to a delegation from the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi Ogunlade Odundun II, which was in Ibadan, the state capital to commiserate with him on the death of his mother.

The governor said he was very delighted with the visit, urging Akure people, the kingdom where his mother was born, to actively participate in her funeral.

Makinde, who  described them as one of the most upright, bold  and honest  people in Yoruba land and the nation at large, also added that his late mother was a role model whose dedication to work, uprightness, boldness and honesty were the traits of Akure people.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde,  quoted the governor as saying “when you see an average Akure man or woman, you see courage and see people who are true to their words.”

While delivering the condolence message from the Deji of Akure, the leader of the delegation, who is the Asae of Akure Kingdom, Senior High Chief Sola Adegbonmire, described the governor’s mother as a worthy daughter of Akure Kingdom.

He stressed that the Omoregie family, where Madam Abigail Omojolagbe Makinde hailed from, is a family of exceptional and wonderful people in Akureland.

Oba Aladetoyinbo further described the death of Madam Makinde as a painful loss not only to the Makinde family but also to the entire Akure Kingdom.

He then prayed that God would grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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‘My mother was an epitome of love, humility’ – Gov. Makinde mourns

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The Oyo  state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has described his late mother, Chief (Mrs.) Abigail Omojolagbe Makinde, as an epitome of love and humility, despite being a disciplinarian.

The governor stated this on Friday while receiving the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Sencondus, on a condolence visit to his house at Ikolaba GRA, Ibadan.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the governor expressed gratitude to the PDP NWC, noting that the fact that the leadership of the party made it to Ibadan barely 24 hours after Mama’s demise showed the love they have for him.

The statement also noted that apart from the PDP NWC entourage, the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo, and Delta States, Alhaji Daud Akinola, Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh AbdulGaniyy Abubakri Agbotomokekere, the Grand Mufti of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abdul Fatai Alaga, and other Muslim leaders also paid condolence visits to the governor.

Similarly, the Oyo State Judiciary led by the Chief Justice of the state, Justice Muntar Abimbola, and the General Officer Commanding, 2 Div, Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Major General Anthony Omozoje, were also at the Makinde residence to condole with the governor.

Speaking while receiving the PDP entourage, which included the National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd); Deputy National Secretary; National Financial Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi MaiBasira; National Woman Leader, Hajia Mariya Waziri; National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, as well a leader of the PDP from Osun State, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, Governor Makinde said the family remains grateful to God for the life Mama lived.

He said: “I want to thank you most sincerely for this condolence visit. I want to say, on behalf of myself, my wife, immediate family, and extended family, we are very grateful and appreciative of this visit. This happened yesterday morning and you are here this morning. It shows that you truly love me. So, I want to say thank you.

“Actually, we were preparing for my mummy’s 81st birthday, which would have been on the November 7, exactly three weeks from yesterday. But who are we to question God?

“We are grateful to God for the life she lived. To us, she was an epitome of love, humility. She was tough. If you see that trait in some of us, it came from her. And we also thank God that it was not like we were carrying her from one hospital to the other. She died peacefully in her sleep. So, we thank God for what He has done.”

Governor Makinde, who also took the opportunity to appreciate the PDP NWC for the confidence it had in him to lead the Ondo State governorship campaign, said what the outcome of the election meant was that the party would have to go back to the drawing board, adding that the campaign council will submit a report as soon as practicable.

“I will also like to use this opportunity to thank the National Working Committee of our great party for the opportunity you gave to us to lead the campaign in Ondo State. We can’t question God for the outcome of that election. What it means is that we have to go back to the drawing board. We will be submitting a report of those areas where we fell short, to the NWC as soon as practicable.

“I really want to use this opportunity to thank all of you who were there in Akure for the love of our party and for the support that you gave to our candidate in Ondo State.

“Once again, my Chairman, I am appreciative of this visit and I thank you and all the members of the NWC of our party.”

Earlier, the PDP national chairman said that the visit was to condole with the governor and the family for the loss of their mother.

He said: “A time like this is the time you know those who care and those who are with you. Unfortunately, we have two situations on our hands. We lost the chairman of the party in Zamfara. Obviously, we divided ourselves; the Deputy National Chairman of the party left for Zamfara yesterday morning for the burial of our late chairman of the party. And I and the rest of us in the National Working Committee leadership decided yesterday to come to Ibadan today.

“We are here by the grace of God to console you and the rest of the members of your family. We have no other way to do it than to join you in prayers.

“It is a very painful experience that you have to go through, sometimes alone. I know what it is because I have experienced it. It is only God that can fill the vacuum in your heart because the care of a mother is quite different from that of a father.

“So, on behalf of the leadership of our party, we are here to console you on this condolence visit. The Lord will strengthen you. And because you are one of our best and doing good works for the people of Oyo State and at this time that you are giving out your best, suddenly, God who gives has taken your beloved mother.

“We are here to share the pain and sorrow with you and to let you know we will continue in prayers during this period, even as we prepare for the funeral. After the funeral, we will continue to pray for you, your immediate and larger family. It is important for us to do so, having worked with you and having seen you as a man who is compassionate and cares for others.

“Today, we are here with you and we pray that God will energise you at this period and stretch His right hand of righteousness to touch every one of the members of the family to bear this great loss.

“Therefore, as members of the National Working Committee, we pray that God will keep you now and thereafter to make you continue to do the good work for the people of Oyo State

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Nigeria: Group drums support for #ENDSARS

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Benchmark Group of Nigeria on Friday declared its support for the ongoing peaceful #EndSARS protests, as Nigerians  speak up against police brutality.

Akanbi Bukola, founder of the group in a chat with Mega Icon Magazine said it is imperative to identify with Nigerians as protests continue around the country to end police brutality and the abuse of power by the institution established to protect its citizenry.

She noted that aside corruption and oppression from the hands of some elements of the Nigeria Police Force, “this time around, Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnic or political biases,  must come together to eradicate police brutality once and for all in the society”.

According to her, for many Nigerians, the police has failed to fulfill its mandate of providing public security as enshrined in the constitution, adding that officers are now viewed more as predators than protectors.

Akanbi lamented further that Nigerians struggling to make ends meet are accosted on a daily basis by these officers who demand bribes and commit abuses against them as a means of extorting money.

“Those who fail to pay are usually threatened with arrest and physical harm, by those expected to protect them”, she said.

Akanbi, however called for the overall reform of the country’s police force.

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