By Henry Ukazu
Greetings Destiny Friends,
The strength of any building lies in its foundation. It is better to have a strong foundation and weak façade than to have a beautiful façade and have a faulty foundation. The height anyone can attain in life is tantamount to the drive they have. To a greater extent, your success in life will be as a result of the effort you invest in your passion or ambition.
Vision is the roadmap to life. It is generally said that without a vision, the people perish.” Vision gives clarity. Isn’t it true that If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll likely end up somewhere else? We all need vision in life because you are more likely to succeed in life when you have a vision board.
It is instructive to note that dreams are the touchstones of our characters because it reflects to a reasonable extent, our core values. Your vision reflects your desired mental future; it can also be regarded as your “why” or even your internal purpose of existence.
To accomplish a vision, you must have a mission. It is important to differentiate between mission and vision as it relates to an individual and organization. Your personal vision guides you. It reflects your goals and influences your everyday decisions. As it relates to an organization, the mission defines the present state or the job of your organization which can be regarded as the now or the modus operandi for executing the vision of the organization.
Every organization has a mission and vision board. The mission board can be regarded as the pathway to success, while the vision is the ideal purpose why the organization is in existence. For a lack of better words, the vision can be regarded as the solution to the pain the world is experiencing. Let me elaborate a little. Imagine if you want to make a one-minute pitch using mission and vision, your mission is the road roadmap which is the model you will use to accomplish your purpose. In my company, Gloemi, our model is (P.L.A.N). Each of the letters represents the work we do and the vision we represent, while the vision is the problem you are trying to solve. In my company, the problem we solve is related to assisting High School and College students, budding entrepreneurs, and career professionals to discover their purpose. We are very big on self-discovery. We strongly believe no human being should go to the grave without unleashing their potentials.
As an individual, you are supposed to have a vision board and a vision statement. This mission and vision statement should be the guiding principle of your life. But it’s quite unfortunate many people just pass through the surface of the world without living it to the fullest. If may ask, what’s your vision in life?
Your vision can be found in your interest. Your interest can be seen in your passion and your passion can be seen in your heart and in your heart lies what makes you happy. Where you work can also determine your interest in life, but again, it is not a complete picture. This is because there are situations where some people work in industries, organizations, companies, or agencies they are not passionate about just as a starting point or just to pay the bills.
The interesting thing about working on your vision is that it keeps you alive. Regardless of where you are working, the situation or life experience may have humbled you. You may be working on a job you don’t like just to pay the bills while building your vision. In keeping your vision alive, it is imperative you associate with like minds, organizations that share similar interests with you.
Your vision must be laser-focused like the eyes of an eagle. It must be crystal clear for everyone to see. When people come across you, your company, your work, or even engage you in communication, they shouldn’t contemplate or imagine what you stand for in life, especially in this age of social media when the internet has made the world a global village. It is very easy for people to know what you are passionate about by merely looking at the contents you post or publish on social media.
Let me share some personal experience with you; as an immigrant in the U.S.A, after graduating from New York Law School, it was very difficult to find a career job because I studied a major I wasn’t passionate about due to the influence of my late dad, I had to work as a security guard while exploring other opportunities. While working as a security guard, I was inspired to write a book by one of my mentors who read one of my articles and saw a vision I didn’t imagine. I listened to her and at the end of the day, I published a trailblazer book Design Your Destiny which has been one of the best things that have happened to me.
Due to the impact the book made, I was inspired to form a company after been profiled by News12 Interviews Henry Ukazu and New York Times Interviews Henry Ukazu. The moral of this story is that it is my vision that kept me alive. I didn’t allow my environment, life experience, or even the security job to define me.
Again, I’m going to ask you, what’s that one thing that can keep you up and you can do even though you are not getting paid?
Working on purpose is one of the best feelings if not the best feelings one can ever have. Imagine being paid for what you love to do. The feeling is priceless because you are in alignment with your passion, profession, vocation, and calling.
In working on your vision, either for yourself or your organization, it must be unique. It must fit your passion, values, and authenticity. It must be simple for everyone to understand and join; it must benefit humanity.
To create a vision, you need to know matters to you, you must have secret frustrations, passions, and dreams that keep you awake; your vision should be able to give you happiness and joy, it must align with your values, and it must reflect on the accomplishment and legacy you will like to see in the world.
In conclusion, do you feel like you are walking through your life in the dark? Do you feel you are merely existing as opposed to be living? Do you feel you have more to accomplish but don’t know how to go about it? Do you feel lost? Do you sometimes feel confused, have no idea or clear vision about life? If yes, don’t be hard on yourself, I once experienced it and many people do feel the same way, I can assist you in giving you clarity. Just reach out via email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NSCDC Partners NECO for Hitch Free Exams
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.
PDP Chairman Not Suspended, Says Ayu’s Aide
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.”
Corruption Allegations: Senate Orders Fresh Probe of Ex-CJN
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.”