By Tolulope A. Adegoke
“Weaknesses could be the best definition of describing a fool to his generation; excuses could also be the best description of failures! In fact, an excuse is a beautiful way of describing “why” you have failed as a being! No one is ever too small to lead, and none will ever be too big to serve! Your gifts as MAN is at the mercy of your abilities to respond swiftly and responsibly (with good character) to changes, opportunities and challenges so as to appropriately MANage the resources (or gifts of men and things) that God Almighty has put in your care or custody. If you then fail to combine the worthy “equations” of “Responsiveness” + “Abilities”, which equals to “Responsibilities”, and the equations of “Discipline” and “Discipleship”, you would lack “fellowship” and “followership”! And if a you have no one to lead but “rule” (ride), you would end up destroying your purposes and the treasure troves you have been exposed to, to keep and engage, to build and rebuild, to sustain and retain as you have automatically embarked on a course of “error” that dishonours the original purpose of your being and it essences, even at present, as your presence is no longer a “present” or answers to the prayers of your generation, which in-turns limits your effects of handing over good works unto coming generation(s). Therefore, the original intention of the Creator to have chosen you for this course as “leader” is to become or multiply as bundles of “seeds” to be sown, and as sacrificial offering presented by God to (your)generation(s) for the building of destinies (which are) encrypted or locked up in “tiny” earthly vessels called MAN: for their risings, which are intended to “sing” and continue to “sing” to the goodness and glory of God Almighty (Himself), and not that of the “messenger” who has been chosen a leader with the “cross” of “courses” intended to cause or erupt (positive) change and sustain it, to retain it as “batons” of hope by faith (and works) to be deliberately passed on and on with passion unto others, all through generations!” – Tolulope A. Adegoke, Ph.D., MNIM
The Golden Guiding Rules (continues):
i. No matter his level, size or stature, a king, must NEVER GIVE UP TOO SOON!
Giving up too soon automatically results to failure and disqualifies a being from “being”. Even in the thickness of the dark, in the face of defeat, in the harshness of the weather, in the heat of times, a king must never give up! The never give up statement is the daily mantra of champions and of kings! Kings are crowned ultimately to give enviable and outstanding results, having sacrificed themselves for a course to cause an effect effectively and reflect the purposes of their being as royalty through loyalty to their peoples.
The essence and extent to which he would go in his courses as a leader will be determined by his strength of courage. Weakness is simply the best definition of describing a fool, but a king must never be one. Weakness gives room to distress that could lead one into being depressed; However, it is the ultimate key to giving up too soon. A king must at all times, in all things keep his head up, and be rugged in spirit, for this is the fuel that ignites the power and prowess of all great achievements!
ii. Also, a king must have a Queen! No matter the sensitivity of royalty, the intensity of loyalty, the beautification or decourations of the throne, royalty is incomplete without a worthy (virtuous), and charismatic Queen. Nothing blooms without the awesome wonderful “touches” of the Queen. The Queen suppresses the king’s anger, activates the “kid” in the king at the mid of the “nights”, and activates the “king” in the “kid” in the “day”, thereby helping him to discover or rediscover the hidden treasures of leadership and the “weights” of what lies on his shoulders as blessings and responsibilities. For there is a kid in every king, and in every kid lies a king! The Queen, being virtuous maximizes his effects and helps his devastating helplessness. She cuddles and hides his childish acts or attitudes like a mother; for she is the neck and the beauty of the throne, the “strength” and as well “weak-point” of the king. She gives him courage to move on, likewise strength to keep pushing hard and well! She is a key or password to getting it right or wrong.
Truly, the woman is the “mother” of the king, as she murders his weaknesses to avoid devastating implications; she is the playmate and Queen to the king of the throne. She is the “beauty” of the throne, the distinct satirical image of royalty, the perfect completion of Royalty in regalia, the naturally endowed “socket” where the king connects with the energies of nature in ecstasy and power, and as well eases off his tensions in fact, and in the form of “fats”. The Queen therefore, is the production factory of the king, she maintains constant productivity of the “basics” needed in favour of her soul-mate, The king! She is simply the compliment of his found rib- the maximum effect that powers the essences of his being to “being”!
iii. Furthermore, a king must NEVER FORGET HIS SOURCE. A river that forgets its source will dry up, and would be forgotten in the annals of history! A king must at all times remember his source by acknowledging the Divine Maker, the Master of all Creations, The King of all kings, The One that Makes all things possible, The Only One that does things that no other can undo! The One and Only Source of all that lives. Mere acknowledging and reverencing The Source (God Almighty) enriches the king with more wisdom, knowledge and understanding, including with its applications guide to rule, lead and conquer with utmost confidence and ease that surpasses all mortal comprehension.
iv. Finally, a KING MUST REPRODUCE A BETTER VERSION OF HIMSELF (that is, have a replacement of himself for the continuity of service)!
It is pertinent for every reasonable king to reproduce a better version of themselves so that when he is done fulfilling his own purpose or role on this earthly plane, there is someone agile, ready and equipped enough to handle the mantle of power and as well to take over the throne without being thrown and blown away by the beautiful distractions that comes with royalty. And that is why kings must have “heirs” and “heiresses” who must have been nurtured and prepared for future assignments (as serving hands) in the royal ways and patterns, decourated with crown on his/her head to be king or Queen, to lead and conquer, and not to “ride” and “rule”!
If any king refuses to reproduce a better version of himself, he is without sentiment worthy to be pronounced a failure! A king must so much raise his heir or replacement consciously and cautiously with all that it requires or needed so that his replacement would reign, lead, and yield to the tenets of God Almighty and the expectations or demands of his/her people better than him, because the glory of the latter must be better than the former; he must therefore be an improvement and an upgrade of policies and administrative prowess, so as to impart lives (better) with possibilities- ease, strategy, comfort and gratitude; it is then that the king is rated a successful and fulfilled king, while the absence of a replacement or heir considers him unfulfilled no matter how great he seemed to be and unprepared for the future of his people(s). The Holy Book of life reveals to us in Revelation 5:10 that: “And made us kings and priests: and ”
We must note that: “we” are the kings under the auspices of the King of kings – The Creator of All things and beings! So we must tread with caution and courtesy to Him Who has called us as beings to “being” (reign) for His glory.
JAMB Releases Timetable for 2024 UTME
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed January 15 to February 26, 2024, for the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application document.
This was made known in a statement issued by the JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, on Wednesday, November 29.
Benjamin noted that the development was based on series of recommendations emanating from a two-day Information Technology (IT) and Management Retreat held between November 26 and 28.
Benjamin noted that March 7, 2024, has been slated for the 2024 Mock-UTME, while the main UTME would hold from April 19 to April 29, 2024.
He, therefore, advised candidates to print their examination slips from April 10, 2024.
The JAMB spokesman added: “Candidates are enjoined to take note of these dates and other advisories issued by the Board in relation to the administration of the examination.
“They are also to visit the Board’s website www.jamb gov.ng for any other information.”
Below is the 2024 JAMB schedule
2024 Jamb Official Timetable:
1. JAMB 2024 Registration Date 14th January 2024
2. JAMB Registration Deadline 14th February 2024
3. JAMB 2024 Registration Fee N4,700
4. JAMB 2024 Novel The Life Changer
5. JAMB 2024 Reprinting Date 29th April 2024
6. JAMB 2024 Mock Exam Date 20th April no 2024
7. JAMB 2024 Examination Date 29th April 2024
Palliative: Adeleke Approves Monthly Wage Award for Civil Servants, Pensioners
The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has approved the payment of wage award of N15,000 and N10,000 respectively to civil servants and pensioners in the state as a measure to mitigate the impact of subsidy removal.
The Governor, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, stated that the action was in continuation of his avowed commitment to workers’ welfare and a fulfillment of his pledge for the gradual rollout of palliative measures to cushion the effect of subsidy removal.
“On the first day of my second year in office, I unveil this wage award and reaffirm our five point agenda which has workers’ welfare as number one item,” Governor Adeleke noted.
Governor Adeleke’s approval was conveyed in a circular issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, disclosing that workers in the service of the state will get a N15,000 wage award while pensioners will receive N10,000.
The circular which was signed by Sunday Olugbenga Fadele, a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, noted that the wage award will run for six months, beginning from the month of December.
“Sequel to the negotiation meetings and interactions with labour movement in Osun state, including the representatives of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, the Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke, has approved the monthly payment of N15,000 to each active worker and N10,000 to each pensioners in Osun state as palliatives to assuage the pains being experienced as a result of removal of petroleum subsidy by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The payment, as approved, is to commence from the month of December, 2023 for a period of six (6) months,” the circular reads in part.
“While acknowledging and appreciating the understanding of Osun state workers and pensioners for their show of understanding regarding the efforts of the State Government in the last one year to improve tremendously on their welfare, being the first on the 5-point Action Plan, the present administration will continue to ensure its commitment to the welfare of workers are met at all times.
“It is expected that this gesture of government will spur workers in the State to be more diligent and committed to their duties.”
2023 Media Awards: Nestlé Announces Close of Entries
Makers of quality beverages and other household items, Nestlé Nigeria, has announced the end to submission of entries for the 2023 Media Awards.
A statement from the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs department, and signed by Victoria Uwadoka, stated that “The highly anticipated Nestlé Nigeria Media Awards 2023 promises to be an exciting edition with an impressive 118 submissions received from a broad range of the media at the time of the official closing of entries on
November 16, 2023.”
Victoria Uwadoka, who is the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, said, “I want to thank all the participants who have submitted the diverse range of entries, showcasing outstanding creativity and professionalism within the Nigerian media. As the stellar panel of judges commences the process of carefully evaluating each submission to determine the most deserving recipients, we eagerly anticipate the announcement of the finalists at the ‘invitation only’ award event early in December 2023.”
She maintained that the Nestlé Media Awards 2023 ceremony promises to be an elegant celebration of vibrancy, innovation and excellence in the Nigerian media in 2023.
Finalists and winners will be announced in the coming days according to statement.