THE WORDS OF THE ELDERS: A good name is better than gold – Meet Nigerian who rejected $6m Bribe I read an interview with Elder Felix Ohiwerei as published by Punch Newspapers. It is a story that challenges parents generally in the task of parenting that we are championing as a means of reforming the society. Baba Ohiwerei disclosed that he learned lessons from his father that a good name is better than a soiled name. ‘’He told all of us his children that a good name will take us very far in life. ‘’He said it would open doors that money could never open’ ’This advice made me to be very careful. When I got the Nigerian Breweries job, my sisters said no way, that their brother would nver go and sell beer. My father was a catechist. He told them, leave him, if the training he received from home is of any value to him, he ill stand his ground anywhere. I heard it, and it put me on my toes never to let that old man down. What that did to me was that I put the name above money. In my generation, there was a time when people were pursuing money. I knew, because of what my father told me that that was a path to destruction. That was my guiding principle, and I suppose I would not have got to where I am without it. To him, When character is lost, all is lost.’’
Meet Dr. Olufemi Lalude Nigerian Man Who Rejected $6m Bribe He has no MON or CON or CFR insignia after his name and a medal of honour on his neck. But he has integrity as a man of honour. But Lalude is presently an unsung hero. Wikipedia does not know Dr. Olufemi Lalude. But certainly, God knows him and fished him out. A big thank you to all the publications, particularly Vanguard Newspaper that reported this news that must be read in all crannies of the world. It reveals that: ‘’The Akinjide Adeosun Foundation (AAF) has conferred its 2020 Leadership Award on the first Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO), Dr. Olufemi Lalude. Years ago, apparently in the late 1990s, Dr Olufemi rejected a $6m bribe offer. Mr Akinjide Adeosun, AAF’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer of St. Rachael’s Pharmaceutical Nigeria Ltd detailed how Dr. Olufemi vehemently refused the money to go against his country. Speaking at the event which held virtually, Mr Akinjide Adeosun, AAF’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer of St. Rachael’s Pharmaceutical Nigeria Ltd., said the recognition of Lalude was is in line with the core mandate of the foundation’’
‘’Many years ago, our awardee, Papa Olufemi Lalude, the first managing director of the Shell Nigeria Exploration & production Company SNEPCO was offered a bribe of 6 million dollars. The organisation that offered him the bribe moved against him. However, he refused to be cowed and stood his ground. He was sued with his employer but he triumphed. Lalude is a man of integrity, a rarity in our clime dwarfed by corruption and greed. Today, Papa at 81 is living a peaceful, joyous and fulfilled contented life.’’We are celebrating him today. He began his career with integrity as his legacy in mind. We have many good people in Nigeria. We must celebrate them to dwarf the bad publicity the few bad people is giving our nation. “Integrity is an essential building block to building a prosperous nation. Truthfulness, honesty, respect for people, hard work and humility are traits of Integrity”. In his words: “Many years ago, our awardee, Papa Olufemi Lalude, the first managing director of the Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCO, was offered a bribe of 6 million dollars. “The organisation that offered him the bribe moved against him. However, he refused to be cowed and stood his ground. “He was sued with his employer but he triumphed. Lalude is a man of integrity, a rarity in our clime dwarfed by corruption and greed. “Today, Papa at 81 is living a peaceful, joyous and fulfilled contented life. We are celebrating him today. He began his career with integrity as his legacy in mind. “We have many good people in Nigeria. We must celebrate them to dwarf the bad publicity the few bad people is giving our nation.” He added.
COUPLES OF VIRTUES & VIRTUES believes that both Dr. Lalude and the organization that awarded the honour are indeed due for recognition, so we probed further. We went on Wikipedia. Pa Lalude’s name is not recorded there; perhaps because he is not a ‘’noisemaker’’. But he is an unsung hero. Mr Akinjide ADEOSUN is a pharmacist by profession. He is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ST.RACHEAL’S™ Pharmaceutical Nigeria Limited and Founder of the Akinjide Adeosun Foundation (AAF). The Akinjide Adeosun Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization. It was set up to leave a leadership legacy in Africa by strengthening capabilities in today’s leaders and build a pipeline of ready future leaders by 2035.The foundation is executing a five (5) year leadership MoU at MeadowHall College in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
Prior to founding ST.RACHEAL’S™ Pharma in 2016, Mr Akinjide ADEOSUN was the Head of Branded Generics & a member of the Africa Leadership Team (ALT) at GlaxoSmithKline Pharma, Africa. He served meritoriously at various functional & management roles at GSK for over 2 decades including secondment to South Africa. ST.RACHEAL’S™ quest is to improve life expectancy through the availability of top-quality affordable pharmaceuticals in Africa. The enterprise is founded on Excellence, Integrity & Empathy values. The organization is privileged to have Medreich as its manufacturer of high-quality drugs. He has attended several development programs in General Management & Executive Leadership all over the world. His Proudest accomplishments are the development & nurturing of talented people and imparting knowledge. His Lifestyle includes Walking/ jogging, reading & travelling. His Passion is community service without asking for anything in return.
Speaking at the occasion, Oyo State governor Engr Seyi Makinde said only leadership, integrity, and good governance can move society forward. Governor Seyi Makinde has said that Nigeria would become prosperous when its leadership begins to demonstrate integrity, honesty, and transparency. The governor, who stated this while speaking on the theme: “Integrity as a sine qua non to a prosperous nation”, at a virtual meeting of the Akinjide Adeosun Foundation (AAF) Leadership Colloquium – Chapter 5, held in Lagos, said that only leaders who lead with integrity can take a nation out of the woods. He added that the country would continue to find it difficult to grow without putting structures in place to strengthen openness, truthfulness, and transparency in leadership. BusinessDay newspaper quotes Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that the absence of a structure for checks and balances is likely to continue to stunt the growth of the country. The governor said the prosperity of any nation is tied to the integrity of its leadership, as it will allow the citizenry to have trust and confidence in the leadership and to perform their civic duties as and when due.
HELPING OURSELVES: I think what we need to do now is to help ourselves. Nigerians at home should give preference to locally made products. Let us develop local science and technology that would produce our own Cable Television Stations and send exploiters out of the country. Let us develop our local technology that would produce cheap electricity. Let us develop our own local technology that would services and build petroleum refineries. Crude oil will dry up not too long oago. What about solar panels and windmill technologies as replacements? We have the brains. Others in the Diaspora should go for Nigerian products and services banks where available. Instead of doing ‘’yahoo yahoo’’ on the Internet, put the technology to proper use.
I will quote the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries, Dr. DK Olukoya again: THE WHOLE WORLD IN WAITING FOR AFRICA as the next massive factory to take over from the Peoples Republic of China.
My dear young people; why not learn a vocation in addition to your degree and start your own business? With Chinese products gradually becoming expensive, Africa can be the next factory in the world to replace China. We can become the world’s solar energy headquarters if we could develop cheaper solar panels using our local materials. With so much land available, farming for export is a wonderful opportunity. Our young people should consider converting the internet and social networking sites to forums for sharing best practices with their overseas counterparts on how to modernise artisan professions like building, mechanic, tailoring, textile design, farming, metalwork, etc. The world is eagerly waiting for our products in the global market. Beloved, the streets of America and Europe are not paved with gold. They were built over many centuries by men like us, who sacrificed by investing in themselves and their fellow countrymen. Their children are reaping the dividends today. – D.K. Olukoya
AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina says: ‘’The future of Africa’s youth does not lie in migration to Europe, but in a prosperous Africa. “We must turn rural areas from zones of economic misery to zones of economic prosperity. This requires new agricultural innovations and transforming agriculture into a sector for creating wealth. ‘’We must make agriculture a really cool choice for young people. The future millionaires and billionaires of Africa will come initially from agriculture. ‘’A more prosperous Africa will emerge through keeping young people productive and engaged. “Even insects migrate from where it is dark to where there is light,” Adesina said. “No wonder Africa’s youth – our assets – take huge risks migrating to Europe, looking for a better life.”
The Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Adesola Adeduntan is a Veterinary Doctor. He is to be honoured for his accomplishments outside his medical qualification by FORBES and he has been congratulated by President Muhammadu Buhari. I know of another upcoming professional also in First Bank Plc, Dolapo Conteh who is a Veterinary Doctor and earned his accounting professional qualifications in record time, taking after her Managing Director. I told her she would go places. OUR YOUTHS — NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE THE DUBAI EXPERIENCE: I read His Royal Highness, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, King of Dubai state that: ‘’We are building a new reality for our people, a new future for our children, and a new model of development. In ‘’1999, many people questioned our idea to establish Dubai Internet City in the desert. ‘’Two years ago, Amazon acquired the multi-billion dirham Souq.com and today, Uber acquired Careem for Dh11 billion. These giant companies flourished from the “desert” of Dubai. We are paying the price of what we did in the past by squandering our financial resources.
In the 1970s till early 1980s, you needed no visa to enter the United Kingdom. Then; the trend was for undergraduates of tertiary institutions to go for summer and go spend silly. In Liverpool Market Street, London, Nigerian Naira, though not a legal tender was accepted by traders. Then, the Niara was stronger than the dollar. As soon as our economy took a downward plunge, they suddenly changed their visa policy to keep Nigerians visitors away. I bet that if God is gracious to allow Nigeria’s dry bones live again for ‘’awuff’ funds to be available (apologies to Prof. Akin Mabogunje) foreign nations will relax those measures and smile the diplomatic style. – TERRIFIC HEADLINES
To all NIGERIANS, Go for Nigerian products; import Nigerian products from where you reside abroad for use overseas. Please eat in Nigerian restaurants that are becoming available in all parts of the world as a result of the industry and commitment to the pursuit of whichever goals we want to attain. It is in youths that the process of societal renewal is embedded. It is important for us all to unite to address the problems confronting youths, particularly unemployment, creation of an enabling environment for youth development, and the eradication of social and criminal vices in which youths are involved. There must be attitudinal changes, propelled by good policies and programmes, designed and implemented to promote national development.
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