Dapo Oshin is a broadcaster turned traditional ruler. Though still in the broadcasting business, he also holds sway as the traditional head of Tom-Island in Lagos State.In this short encounter, the man of many parts opened up on some issues, especially as it affects his subjects under the lockdown order.
Q:Who really is Dapo Oshin
A: Am the Baale of Tom -Island under the kabiesi Alayeluwa Oba Taiwo Gbadamusi The Apekunjoye 1 of ito-omu Kingdom (tomisland),
Q:What was growing up like sir
A: I grew up like any other child and had education took me out of home very early in life as i attended ST Joseph nursery school to Ibido pry school Agege to Vetland grammar school Agege to ogun state poly then to Yaba college of Thechnology.
B: How did you become a Baale and when did the traditional responsibility of Baale came upon you.
A: How became a Baale? Hmm! The Oracle chose me.
Q: How is it being a Baale t?
A:At first it came as a surprise but overtime i discovered that God wants me as an agent of development in area of jurisdiction, to serve as a model to the youth and uphold the very high value we met on ground while growing up and more importantly to ensure that good and viable products are made of our children subjects of our kingdom at large so they can become good ambassadors of our community anywhere they are in the world.
Q:As a Broadcaster how are do you combine work with your traditional responsibilities as a Baale.
A: Well, somehow it’s going on well. One is not affecting the other. God has been faithful.
Q:. For how many years have you been in the industry how did it start then?
A:Am like 20 years as a broadcaster now. After school I joined Yotomi TV owned by Late Muheeden Alade Armoire .After spending few years as a producer and broadcaster I started a programme in LTV as an independent producer working with a movie marketing company called High waves video mart,the program it’s called Oju Oja, then after a few years, I started Olotu pelu Dapo Oshin and some few radio programs including Balelayo special on Faaji 106.5 fm which I still come anchor till date.
Q: Can you tell us a little story about your Island?
A: Good. Tom- Island was discovered over 300 years ago. It has 7 ruling houses with major occupation as fishing and farming. The Island is about 100 hectares of lands in size.
Q: What are the challenges facing you as the traditional head of the Island.
A: The major challenge is connectivity with other communities in form of transportation. I want to use this opportunity to please with the government to help us with the link bridge between Badore and Tom island and good road from Elerangbe down to Tom Island
Q:How are u people coping with the inconveniences that come with era of Coronavirus pandemic.
A:We are obedient and law abiding citizens, but we want the government to remember us in our community in regard to parliatives,and I give kudos to the state government of Governor Sanwolu. The government has done well handling this pandemic issue. I also salute our health workers too. They have done tremendously well. I want to plead with the government to remember to extend the parliatives being distributed to the people of the state to Tom island too. It should not only in time of election that government will realise or recognize that we are here.
By Faleye Oluwatosin
BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA
Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.
Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.
Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.
Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.
The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.
As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.
Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.
By Hamid Shinkafi
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.
Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.
As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.
In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.
In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.
With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.
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