By Henry Ukazu
Greetings Destiny Friends,
We all have one form of possession or another. Possession comes in different forms, shapes and sizes. It means different things to different people. To some it mean wealth, affluence, power, while to some others, it means academic honours, skills, talent, blessings or even material things. Possessing your possession can mean different things for different people. In todays’ article, we shall be discussing the topic from an empowerment point of view.
As human beings, we all have one possession which endears or attracts us to friends, family members, associates, business partners and clergy. Your possession can be safely regarded as your gift or talents. In understanding your gifts/talents, the first thing you need to pay close attention to is what makes you unique. There’s something unique about every creature; it can be your voice, the way you speak, walk, write, or manner of approach or communication. The problem is sometimes we don’t see or even know what we have within us. If only we know the level, quality and quantity of untapped skills in our possession, begging to be explored, we’ll literally be walking with our shoulders high. It is instructive to note that our possessions are like gifts which most times we fail to open.
According to some schools of thought, the day you discover your skill, that’s the day you become a millionaire. Once you know yourself and discover your talent, there’s hardly any challenge relating to your field you won’t be able to solve. It’s a well-established fact that every problem has a corresponding solution. The principal reason most people fail in solving a problem is simply because the right person with the solution hasn’t arrived. It is just like trying to solve a mathematical problem and you don’t know the formula; you’ll definitely have a hard time getting the right answer. It’s just like trying to open a door with a wrong set of keys. Of course, the door won’t open unless you have the right keys. That’s principally how hard work works, but when you work smart by knowing what’s unique about you, you’ll literally achieve success with relative ease. This is simply because you know what you possess internally.
Possessing your possession entails that you take ownership and destiny of your life into your own hands. The question now becomes how do you take possession of your life? The simplest way of taking possession of your life is by asking yourself ‘what do I want?’ ‘Who am l?’ ‘What are my skills, gifts, talents and academic qualifications?’ These are some of the ideas on how you can embark on this transformative lifestyle.
If you truly know who you are and what you possess, you won’t allow anyone to take you for granted. If you truly know yourself, you won’t talk nor express yourself too much. You’ll have a certain level of confidence. The challenge most of us have is that we are too busy looking for what we lack instead of appreciating what we have. In addition to that, sometimes, we spend a considerable amount of time appreciating what other people have instead of appreciating what we have. It should be noted that it is because the philosopher was too busy to see what’s ahead of him that he failed to see the ditch in front of him, and he fell into it.
Most people look for jobs, opportunities and solutions to some of the world’s problems but fail to remember that if they take the same considerable amount of time to study who they are in addition to practicing what scares them, they are likely going to provide the solutions to the problem. Your success is already waiting for you to possess it. There are blessings, opportunities waiting for you, all you need is to activate the button inside of you. Today, I urge you to look inwards, and have the boldness to dare to succeed. Nobody can save you more than you can save yourself. Have the boldness to go after your heart desire.
As a progressive being, you’re literally in charge of your life. Imagine having a house and being treated as a stranger/visitor in your house. It’s really disheartening to say the least. I charge you to possess what is already yours. When you possess your possession, you’ll discover that your name is associated with huge favours, which have an effect of following you wherever you go. That’s simply how your blessings and talents follow you if only you know to activate what you possess inside of you.
In conclusion, I charge you to activate the call within you by thinking and talking into your life, and commanding it to attract universal blessing. You can only do this if you walk the talk of possessing your possession.
Henry Ukazu writes from New York. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kogi Gov Blames Federal Roads for Tanker Explosion
The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has blamed the Wednesday fatal tanker explosion in Lokoja, the state capital, on the deplorable state of federal roads.
The tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) ran into oncoming vehicles after the brake failed around Felele area of Lokoja about 8:00 a.m.
Cars, motorcycles and a school bus were destroyed in the inferno.
About 23 lives, including students of the state polytechnic and primary school pupils, died in the blaze, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed.
Following the incident, Mr Bello visited the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, to solicit urgent Federal Government’s attention to the deplorable condition of federal roads in Kogi.
According to his spokesperson, Onogwu Muhammed, the governor told the minister that the deplorable state of all federal roads across the state led to recurrent accidents in the state.
“He said the state government has done a lot in maintaining the roads but owing to the large volume of traffic on the roads, in view of its strategic location as gateway state, such repairs and maintenance do not stand the test of time.
“He appealed to the minister to expedite action in carrying out reconstruction of roads across the state to curtail the preventable accidents on the road.”
Also, Mr Bello begged Mr Fashola to direct contractors handling repairs on the Murtala Bridge at Jamata “to speed up the rate of work,” noting that the slow pace of work has caused the commuters untold hardship.
In a similar vein, he urged the minister to direct the contractors in-charge of the Kabba-Ilorin road project to return to site.
He said the total neglect of the road in the area has made life unbearable for motorists and commuters plying the road.
“The governor also drew the attention of the minister to the Lokoja-Ganaja-Ajaokuta road which the federal government awarded for over three years but contractors were yet to be seen on site.”
Meanwhile, Mr Muhammed said the minister had ordered the Federal Road Maintenance Agency to immediately fix the bad portion of the road at the Felele end of the Okene/Lokoja/Abuja road.
“The minister equally put calls across to contractors handling Kabba-Egbe-Omuaro road, Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road to inform them of the governor’s presence in his office and the need for them to speed up the works on the roads.
“He assured the governor that the ministry will use the remaining part of the year to achieve more in fulfilling the governor’s request in respect of federal roads in the state.”
NCAC Holds Discussion on Resuscitating Culture, Morality
A one day Cultural Roundtable on Morality, Culture and the Nigerian Youth has been organized by National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC). The aim of the program was to address the progressive deterioration of our cultural values and the urgent need to mount a comprehensive and sustainable value re-orientation programme to return Nigerian society on the path of moral rebirth.
In his welcome address at the event held at Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe decried the progressive deterioration in our cultural values.
Runsewe stated that while Nigeria had always been known for a rich culture, anchored on the virtues of hardwork, integrity, high public morality, respect for elders and constituted authority, decency in dressing and in public speeches among others, these virtues are rapidly giving way to various social vices.
He noted that in the past, agents of socialization like the family, school, religious institutions, took collective responsibility in inculcating high moral values among our youths. According to Otunba Runsewe, today the story is different. Runsewe lamented that what we now see, is laziness, get rich quick syndrome and primitive acquisitive tendencies by yahoo-yahoo boys, scammers, internet fraudsters and all forms of social vices.
In her speech, the Chairman of the occasion, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration, Office of the First Lady, Dr. Hajo Sani stated that our youths in imitating foreign cultures in the way they talk and dress, are early signs of deviation from our moral values and customs.
She lamented that in our schools, many teachers who are supposed to tutor our children in cultural ethos now take advantage of the same children they are supposed to take care of. She added that the society at large, has now become bad examples to our youths by exposing them to other immoral vices like rape and other forms of evil activities.
She noted that the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari will be willing to collaborate with NCAC on building a good foundation for our youth right from childhood.
The Managing Director of Africa Independence Television (AIT), Dr. (Mrs) Tosin Dokpesi, who gave the keynote address, commended the DG, NCAC for putting up the roundtable discourse, adding that there is no better time to start the moral rebirth crusade than now. She said all hands must be on deck to rid the society of the social vices and inculcate good values in our youths. She stressed the need to arrest our eroding values and tradition with a commitment to restore the lost culture and glory of our country Nigeria.
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a book titled “Morality, Culture and the Nigerian Youth”, authored by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, copies of which were distributed to all the participants: discussants, speakers, journalists and other invited guests. The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe also used the occasion to express the resolve of the National Council for Arts and Culture to rise up to the occasion and rid our society of moral rot and put Nigeria on a sound social and cultural footing.
Runsewe added that the book will serve as one of the literature materials that his Council intends to use to prosecute the moral rebirth in our society. He urged every parent, teacher, religious leader to critically review our values as a nation as that is the only sure way we can aspire for accelerated growth and development we urgently desire.
The one day roundtable attracted the participation of critical stakeholders from different sectors of the society.
INEC Issues Obaseki Certificate of Return
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented a certificate of return to Godwin Obaseki as the elected governor of Edo state.
Obaseki and Philip Shaibu, his deputy, both of whom contested in the state governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were presented with the certificate in Benin on Tuesday.
The commission had declared him the winner of the Saturday poll after he got the highest votes.
May Agbamuche-Mbu, INEC south-south National Commissioner who presented him with the certificate, said Obaseki fulfilled all the constitutional requirements to emerge winner of the election.
The governor was re-elected after securing 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas (LGAs) while Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), came second with 223,619 votes.
The PDP candidate, who will begin his second term in office in November, 2020, won in 13 LGAs while Ize-Iyamu won in five.
Total votes cast is 550,242 while the total number of valid votes in the election is 537,407, and rejected votes – 12,835.
Ize-Iyamu is yet to concede the election though. After the results were announced, he hinted at challenging the outcome in court, saying his supporters were disenfranchised.
But his party has since accepted the results. The APC leadership described the outcome as a victory for democracy and asked Ize-Iyamu to congratulate Obaseki.