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Burden Of Leadership …The Nyesom Wike Example

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Soye Wilson Jamabo

Soye Wilson Jamabo

The bond between leadership and followership is like a pendulum that swings most of the time. It is such that both thrive as equal partners and change positions as long as the partnership endures. Sometimes, the followers follow, at other times, the leader follows.
This is why in one of his works, Alexandre Lednu-Rollins played the true leader in the words, ‘There go the people, I must follow them, for I am their leader.’ This means, a true leader must at all times listen and appreciate the yearnings, hopes and fears of the people he leads.
To succeed, he must himself be a good follower, for as Sam Raybunn insists, “you cannot be a leader and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow too.” This too underscores the danger in a leader considering himself all-knowing.
Such a leader often ends up in a fool’s paradise, an illusion of grandeur that ultimately distances him farther away from those he is expected to provide leadership. In all this, regular communication is key. It  must also be complete in a two-way format that guarantees quality feedback with which the leader needs to plan.
Also important is the need for the leader to realise at all times that his success is often measured by the quality of leadership he himself mentors and indeed bequeaths. That is why Walter Lipmann said, “the final test of a leader is what he leaves behind him, in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.”
Only the overtly dictatorial kicks away the ladder upon climbing to the top, on the shoulders of the people he leads. To avert that, ‘reason and calm judgment, must be qualities he must embrace at all times, as a bride, as insists Tacitus.
But most importantly, a good leader must understand deeply, the individual differences of those he once led. He must at all times avoid undue generalisation as that is one of the most fatal mistakes of leadership.
An anonymous author once classified the citizenry this way, “some citizens are so good that nothing a leader can do will make them better. Others are so incorrigible that nothing can be done to improve them. But the great bulk of the people go with the moral tide of the moment. The leader must help create that tide.”
To achieve that, Lord Bayron warns leaders never to leave the realisations that, “when we think we lead, we most are led.” And it is such regular reversal of roles between the leader and the led that produces most of the skyscrapers, good roads, hospitals, schools, inventions, and indeed economic growth that make some countries developed world, others developing and the rest under-developed.
All depend on the bond of leadership and followership to prosper. Another hallmark of any good leadership is the leader’s passion and readiness to put the welfare, hopes and fears of the followership first among all considerations. This is because; no leadership can long endure without a committed and happy followership.
In fact, only a citizenry that is content with how its basic needs are met can be dependent upon to meet their civic responsibilities to the state, by way of taxes and other contributions.
To ensure such a mutually beneficial partnership, leadership must at all times be responsive to the urgent needs of the citizenry. Such needs may vary from time to time, and place to place  but generally cover basic infrastructure, functional education, good healthcare delivery, shelter, the right environment for growth, and most importantly, regular payment of workers’ salaries.
Apparently, Chief Nyesom Ezenow Wike, NEW, was properly grounded in the vagaries of the partnership and so, carefully chose his priorities upon assumption of office, as Executive Governor of Rivers State, on May 29, 2015,’ with the clearance of backlog of salary arrears owed workers and pensioners alike, opening-up the courts for litigants, denied legal services for over a year and embarking on extensive roads rehabilitation and construction among other urgent needs.
In fact, no day passes without Governor Wike exploring NEW ways of solving lingering problems, in line with his initials-NEW. So, when some ask, what is in a name, it is easy to provide an answer.
As the Governor today marks his …….. Birthday, it becomes even more instructive to challenge him to do many more NEW things for the betterment of the state and its peoples.
He must consider the many distractions arising from protracted litigations against his electoral victory, as mere challenges which he must overcome, with the support and cooperation of a grateful citizenry.
Today also affords Rivers people a platform to reciprocate the new proactive leadership direction that has restored the pride of the state’s civil servant as a viable component of the economy, redeemed the hope of the retiree and pensioner and indeed re-invigorated the justice system after more than a year of hopelessness.
Rivers people indeed owe all these and more to one man who in all weathers, rains and sunshine continues to traverse the length and breadth of the state, inspecting one project or another towards improving the infrastructure base of the state, for the comfort of the citizenry.
On a day like this therefore, the people naturally join family and friends to thank The Maker for the rare gift of a leader on whose shoulders today rest their welfare, hopes and fears. Beyond the funfair, if any, it should remind the celebrant that he is constantly in the public eye, and that his every action would be evaluated at every slight opportunity, if for nothing else, to put him on his toes, to do even more NEW things.
Such is the platform today’s birthday of Governor Wike affords and one that should set the stage for future observances, with unity, quality service and better leadership examples as targets.
The Tide joins family, friends and indeed Rivers people to wish our Governor, Happy Birthday

 

Soye Wilson Jamabo

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Insecurity In Nigeria, Alarming, Wike Alerts …Suspends JAAC Accounts From Defaulting Banks

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says insecurity in Nigeria has reached an alarming proportion.
He has therefore called on security agencies to redouble their efforts in curbing it.
Governor Wike expressed the concern yesterday when the new General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Olu Irefin paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.
He noted that the prevalence of insecurity in every State of the Federation seems to overwhelm the military.
Governor Wike stated that the situation is different in Rivers State because of the robust collaboration between his administration and the security agencies.
“Our determination is to keep the State safe but development also attracts criminality, so we can’t say we are totally free.
“There are still pockets of criminal elements. So, as a professional whose role is to defend the territorial integrity of the country, fight crime and do not involve in politics.
“We are willing to collaborate with you as a government because security is important for us. Just let us know what you require to succeed in the fight against criminality.
“That way, we will be partners in progress and make the State safe for all residents,” he stated.
Earlier, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General OluIrefin commended Governor Wike for his developmental strides.
He said on assumption of duties, his commanders told him that they have enjoyed tremendous support from the state government in the discharge of duties.
He pledged to sustain the existing collaboration in protecting lives and property in the State
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has directed the removal of Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) from banks that gave unauthorised loans to some Local Government Chairmen in the State.
Governor Wike gave the directive on Wednesday, while swearing in the substantive Chairman of the Asari-Toru Local Government Area at Government House, Port Harcourt .
He directed the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to take legal action against the defaulting Banks.
Governor Wike said both the Banks and the Councils that defaulted would suffer the consequences of the illegality.
He noted that the Banks cannot seek refund of the loans because they contravened extant Laws of the State.
“We have taken a decision that for all those loans taken without approval, the affected accounts must leave the defaulting banks.
“I have told the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to take necessary steps. The Banks cannot go and seek for refund from the Local Governments. When you default the Law, you suffer for it.
“Council Chairmen who want to take loans from banks must get official approval. You cannot take loans that will mortgage the future of the people”, he stated.
Governor Wike charged Mrs. AlasoJohnbull Obi to use her new position to make a difference because the people are yet to feel the impact of the Council.
“Go and put your local government together. Do not allow busy body politicians to distract you. Use this opportunity you have to make a difference.
“We never thought that Chief Odiari Princewill will die but as God will have it, he is dead and we have to abide by the constitution.
“That is why you, as the deputy, has to step in as the substantive chairman of Asari-Toru local Government Area today.
“In choosing your Deputy, you must consult widely with all the stakeholders of the Party. As election is coming up next year, you have an opportunity to sell yourself,” he added.
Until her swearing in, Mrs. AlasoJohnbul-Obi was the Vice Chairman of the Council but the death of the elected chairman, Chief Odiari Princewill on the 27th May, 2020 created a vacuum that needed to be filled.

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SSANU, NASU Threaten Strike Over Unresolved Issues

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said they would proceed on strike over unresolved issues with the Federal Government immediately the universities reopen.
Mr Samson Ugwoke, the Chairman, Joint Action Committee (JAC) of both unions said this while addressing newsmen on the resolutions reached by the unions yesterday in Abuja.
The resolutions were signed by the SSANU National President, Mr Samson Ugwoke, and the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi.
The unions’ grievances included the lingering Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) debacle, nonpayment of arrears of earned allowance and minimum wage. Others are the alleged lack of seriousness by the Babalakin Committee renegotiating the 2009 FG/NASU, SSANU agreements, neglect and poor funding of state universities, absence of visitation panels, among others.
According to Ugwoke, long after many other sectors had been paid the arrears of the national minimum wage and consequential adjustment, university workers are yet to be paid. “We find this development totally unwholesome and very unhealthy.
“Given the time lag of over a year since it was implemented in other sectors, members of the public would agree that we have been patient enough in the university system,” he said.
He pointed out that in spite of the series of letters by the unions to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) Office since February, their members were still confronted with many challenges, including salary payment. Ugwuoke also said that their members, whose monthly salaries were being paid in the second week of the following month in the past seven months, were suffering as a result of the difficulties posed by IPPIS.
He argued that as responsible unions, they had avoided the planned action, adding that the unhealthy situation had made it inevitable.
Ugwoke said: “We have again cried out to the general public with a view to inviting stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the government to correct the anomaly of IPPIS. “Pay us the arrears of both earned allowances and minimum wage, among others.”
He warned that the unions would have no option than to embark on strike effective from when universities would reopen after the COVID-19 lockdown.

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FG’S Reviewed Broadcast Code, Draconian – PDP …Says New Code Aimed At Muzzling Media, Concealing Corruption, Abacha Loot

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the reviewed broadcast code, describing it as another draconian measure to muzzle the media and suppress free speech in Nigeria.
The party said the All Progressives Congress, APC and its government adopted the reviewed code with its N5 million fine “to intimidate the media and gag whistle blowers from further exposing the humongous corruption, abuse of office, violation of human rights as well as officials’ betrayal of trust and abuse of office in the Buhari administration.”
In a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the reviewed code is a grand plot “to suppress and muzzle Nigerians and the media from publicly opposing plots by the APC to mortgage the sovereignty of our dear nation to foreign interests as being witnessed in the anti-Nigeria clauses in the loan agreements with China.”
The statement read: “The APC has been jittery over the stench of monumental corruption oozing out from its government as well as its anti-Nigeria activities, and now seeks to suppress public opinion and media reportage of their atrocities against our nation.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that the APC administration rushed to review the broadcast codes and introduced draconian clauses at the height of public revelations and media reportage of its corruption and plots to mortgage our nation’s sovereignty to China. The reviewed broadcast code therefore validates the stance by Nigerians that covering of corruption and the scheme to mortgage the sovereignty of our nation are official policies of the APC which has not denied that it is the headquarters of corruption.
“Our party however, wishes to inform the APC and its administration that the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and other laws guiding media practice, which guarantees a free press and freedom of opinion by Nigerians are clear and that no matter how much the truth is suppressed, it must always come to light.
“Moreover, the APC must know that we are in a democracy and that Nigerians cannot be suppressed from exercising their rights of speaking out in the face of injustice, corruption, abuse of trust in the APC administration, which President Buhari had also admitted.

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