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Food for Living: Life with a Purpose

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By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friends,

This is one topic I am most passionate about. I can write about purpose a thousand and one times without blinking an eye. Even while I am in deep sleep, I can speak about purpose. This is because I have come to the sublime realization of who I am. The centerline of purpose, without equivocation, is self-discovery, and self-discovery is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Many people; students, parents, politicians, leaders, and businesses fail in life because they don’t understand the concept of purpose. Many of them are victims of defective success. Many people don’t know themselves. Many of them are just existing as opposed to living. Therefore, the topic of purpose is very important.

Purpose determines how we live our life. It is the reason you get up in the morning. Purpose influences the decisions we make; it determines how we behave, and it gives us a sense of direction.

As a human capacity coach, one of my strengths is centered on purpose and self self-discovery. Every being on earth has a purpose. Every animal, innovation, business, food, cloth, bag, remote, box, game, etc. have a purpose. Without purpose, it won’t be in existence. For instance, if you are thirsty, depending on how you feel, you might decide to take warm water or cold water. If you are traveling, you can decide to either go by road, water, rail or air. The choice is utterly yours to decide, and your decision will depend on the need-factor that will best suit your journey.

It should be noted that your life was given to you to accomplish a purpose, and a breath was give to you to accomplish that purpose. Everything you do outside purpose defeats purpose. When you work on your purpose, you will receive grace to accomplish the assignment. You can’t receive glory outside the place of your assignment Glory is what happens when people see your good work and appreciate your God/creator who made it possible. We are all global citizens, and as such, we are expected to shine.

Living a life of purpose is the most important thing. Any life without purpose is life in futility. Without purpose, there’s no value, and when there’s no value, there’s no life. Purpose determines function.

When you live your purpose on purpose, you’ll be intentional in whatever you are doing. When you’re living your life on purpose, the universe will align with you, and you won’t need to struggle to survive. In fact, you’ll find joy and peace of mind.

Purpose seems to be misunderstood and misinterpreted by so many people. It has been defined in many ways a particular author deems fit for his/her mission. To a student in college, purpose means something else; to an entrepreneur, purpose means something else; to a medical doctor, academic, writer, athlete, comedian, or Minster of God, it means also means something else. It basically means different things depending on the mission and goa they need to accomplish.

It might not seem rosy most times, when you work on purpose. There is a tendency that people will laugh at you if you don’t have anything to show for it and if you are not able to monetize the business part of your purpose. Every productive venture we engage in has a productive side, it is up to you to decipher by looking deep in addition to exploring other options, systems, structures, funnels, and strategies on how you can monetize your purpose.

It’s instructive to note that everyone you meet on the street is a potential client, because the challenge most people have is how to find a solution to the problem they have. Once you can create value for them, you will be handsomely rewarded. To that extent, you need guidance on how to apply this knowledge, and so I will strongly recommend you ask a coach or if you feel comfortable, you can reach out to me to assist you.

Purpose is very dynamic; many people have been wondering how can they discover their purpose. I will share some insight on how you can discover your purpose. To know your purpose, if you are spiritually inclined like me, you’ll believe in God or the creator, you’ll look up to him via prayers, or meditation to reveal your purpose on earth.

It should be noted that everyone has an assignment and purpose. Your purpose was ordained in heaven while your assignment is on earth. So, if you decide to detour, you might still attain success, but then, you might be a victim of defective success. You may be wondering what is defective success? Imagine leaning your ladder on the wrong wall to get to the peak of the ladder only to discover that it is leaning on the wrong ladder. Let’s put it in perspective, imagine having the interest to be an accountant, but the vicissitudes of life or your parents influence you to study law, yes, you might get to the pinnacle of the legal profession, but since your passion is to be an accountant, you will be regarded as a defective success.

Another way to discover what your purpose is, is by looking at what makes you happy vis a vis your talents, skills and gifts. You can determine purpose by looking at how you invest your time, what you do with your money, what interests you, the feedback you receive from your work, how you find fun, the people you surround yourself with, and what interests you. You can even discover your pulse due to the causes you pursue like injustices, domestic violence, sexual abuse, etc.

Furthermore, if you are asked what you would do or how you would want to be remembered if you knew you were going to die in a year from today, your response can tell one what you are passionate about. The same goes for if you are asked what you would do $100million dollars to enjoy. Note that the money is not for investment purposes though.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He’s a Human Capacity & mindset coach. He’s also a  public speaker. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success and President of gloemi.com. He can be reached via info@gloemi.com

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NSCDC Partners NECO for Hitch Free Exams

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the National Examination Council (NECO) to ensure a peaceful and hitch-free examination.

The process of the memorandum signing was contained in a statement signed by the Corps’ Director of Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

The noted that the Commandant General of NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, while receiving NECO Registrar, Professor Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi at the Corps National Headquarters, said that the visit was prompt, timely and very germaine to schools’ security which encompasses that all measures be taken to combat threats in our educational environment.

He congratulated the Commandant General for his well deserved appointment and commended the Corps for its partnership over the years which he hopes to sustain in his own tenure.

The Registrar solicited for more support and cooperation in ensuring that the NECO examination is conducted in a peaceful, secured and serene atmosphere, reiterating that, NECO is like a threshold for children’s progress and national development.

According to him, the examination conducted at secondary schools terminal level helps students to become professionals that will have the opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.

He craved the support of the Corps to safeguard materials for the examination and to also assist in conducting the test in a very secure and safe manner.

Prof Wushishi commended officers and men of the Corps for contributing to safety and smooth conduct of previous examinations and expressed hope that this year’s exercise will not be different.

“We take our activities seriously, ensure students during examinations are protected jealously more than legal tender which is the currency.

“We are here to seek your assistance and sign a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) for you to participate fully as you used to for a peaceful and hitch free examination.

“We felt it is important to come to you as our partner over the years to safeguard materials and also assist us to conduct examination in a very secure atmosphere across the country,” Prof Wushishi said.

The Commandant General on his part welcomed the delegates and assured them of the Corps’ readiness to ensure a safe examination environment for students.

 

He said that, in an attempt to ensure schools are adequately protected, NSCDC special female squad was established to ensure security across schools in the country.

He stated that the Corps had always ensured safety and protection of examination materials, staff and students and will not hesitate in ensuring that this year’s exercise is a huge success.

Audi appreciated NECO for it’s educational standards in ensuring that adequate knowledge is being impacted into Nigerian students to meet up with international education best practices.

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PDP Chairman Not Suspended, Says Ayu’s Aide

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The Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, Simon Imobo-Tswam, has described as false a report stating that his principal had been suspended from the position.

According to the report, the suspension followed an emergency meeting of the PDP National Working Committee.

The report claimed the Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Damagun, had been appointed as National Chairman of the PDP, in an acting capacity.

Reacting, Imobo-Tswam said, “Even though we do not wish to dignify falsehood with a response, an official reaction is necessary in order to stem the tide of misinformation.”

This was contained in a statement, titled, ‘Ayu still PDP National Chairman,’ made available to newsmen on Wednesday.

It read in part, “Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP National Chairman remains the PDP National Chairman.

“Dr Ayu took a well-deserved, two-week leave on 21st June 2022. He will be back next week to resume duties, specifically on July 6, 2022.

“A stickler for due process, Dr Ayu formally handed over to the Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Damagun, and the Deputy National Chairman has held forth admirably since that day.

“It was in that acting capacity that he (Damagun) today, presided over the inauguration of the Osun State Gubernatorial Campaign Council, headed by the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, H.E. Douye Diri

“If not that the authors of the mischievous and baseless Facebook posts were out to serve nefarious interests, they would have heard when the acting national chairman, Amb. Damagun, said during the ceremony today: “On behalf of my able National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, I hereby inaugurate you.”

“The general public is, therefore, advised to ignore the mischievous social media publications as they are purely the work of mischief makers and idle minds.”

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Corruption Allegations: Senate Orders Fresh Probe of Ex-CJN

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The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, on Tuesday, received a fresh order to probe the erstwhile Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammed over the allegations of corruption raised against him by some justices of the Supreme Court.

14 Justices of the Supreme Court had recently leveled allegations of corruption against Tanko Mohammed, which the ex-CJN denied.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has then mandated the Committee led by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele to probe the allegations leveled against the ex-CJN and the crisis presently rocking the judiciary.

Lawan said, “ The chamber mandates the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to go ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a lasting solution to the matter by interacting with relevant stakeholders to address the complaints raised in the petition by the Justices of the Supreme Court.

The Senate “Mandate the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to interface with the relevant stakeholders in the three Arms of Government as well as at the Bar and on the Bench to collate aggregate views and positions on the short term, medium term and long term measures needed to decisively address the crisis facing the Judiciary, including the immediate fiscal intervention as well as long term and sustainable budgetary allocations, required for the optimal performance of the Judiciary, in line with global best practices; and urge the Senate to wish the Hon. Chief Justice well, following many years of meritorious service to the nation and to pray for his good health.”

The Senate noted that on Tuesday, June 21, 2022,  Lawan drew the attention of the Senate to the media reports on the state of affairs in the Supreme Court of Nigeria, whereby Justices of the Court, through a petition signed by majority of them, raised issues bothering on deplorable welfare conditions and difficult working environment for the Justices, which was addressed to the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council.

He also noted that the President of the Senate emphasised the need for the Senate to urgently step into the matter as any issue that concerns the Judiciary is an issue of urgent national importance that the Senate could not afford to sit idly by and allow to spiral out of control.

Accordingly, the President of the Senate directed the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to get involved in the matter with a view to unravelling the root cause of the recent development in the Judiciary and how best the Senate can intervene in order to address the concerns raised by the Justices

Lawan noted that Justices were taciturn and reticent in handling issues outside their judicial domain but resorting to such measures in order to protect the Judiciary, required the Senate to rise up to the occasion to ensure that their demands were addressed.

The committee chairman, Senator Bamidele said his team was taking steps to look into the matter as directed by the President of the Senate by making arrangements to interface with relevant stakeholders both at the Bar and on the Bench.

Bamidele said, “The poor welfare of Judicial Officers would affect the delivery of the judiciary in respect of their output and will prevent them from performing optimally.

“The sacred image of the Judiciary, which is the epicentre of the temple of justice should be preserved by the Senate through appropriate legislative measures in order to safeguard this highly revered institution and prevent it from being ridiculed.”

Bamidele added that it is a regret that the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed on Sunday,  June 27, 2022, voluntarily resigned his appointment on grounds of ill-health, leaving the most senior Justice to act as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. However, this development would not prevent the Committee from going ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a probable lasting solution to the matter.

He stated, “Though Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed has stepped down as CJN, most of the issues raised by the Justices of the Supreme Court and other stakeholders within the Judiciary, still remain and need to be addressed urgently to prevent an eventual shutdown of the Judiciary.”

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