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Who Is Dr. Michael Oziegbe Onolememen: A Politician, Professional And Scholar

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Who Is Dr. Michael Oziegbe Onolememen: A Politician, Professional And Scholar

Under the stratosphere, there are few men who radiate a mix of dynamic charm and exuding charisma, and among these few men is Dr. (Arc) Mike Onolememen, CON, Ph.D.

He is a medley of a quintessence; that is quality and class, an archetype of a perfect gentleman with substance. He is mostly misunderstood by those who judge him from afar because of his gentlemanly’s nature which gives room for his reservation as a person.

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People are mostly used to politicians who pontificate, who speak aloud to be heard and seen, who throw away decorum in public to be seen as powerful, who drum their own worth, and who create an aura of self-worth when the reverse is the case.

Dr. Michael O. Onolememen was born in Uromi, on September 4th, 1965. He began his early education at St. Anthony’s Primary School there in Uromi and moved on to Annunciation Catholic College, Irrua.

He was admitted into the prestigious King’s College, Lagos, for the higher school certificate (HSC) program where he had a brief spell before pursuing his university education.

He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and Master’s degree in Architecture in 1985 and 1988 from Bendel State University and University of Nigeria respectively. Not comfortable with these two degrees alone, he went to the University of Lagos for his Master’s degree in Construction Management in 1991.

Dr. (Arc) Mike Onolememen, CON, Ph.D.

Dr. (Arc) Mike Onolememen, CON, Ph.D.

Not contented, he enrolled for his doctoral degree program in 2008 at the Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, USA, where, in 2015 he bagged the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Policy and Administration. He is an alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, where he obtained a Proffesional Certificate (2014) in Infrastructure in a Market Economy (Public-Private Partnerships in a Changing World).

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Dr. Mike Onolememen has been listed as a notable architect in Marquis Who’s Who. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (FNIA), a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), and a fourth-degree Knight of the Honoured Order of St. Mulumba (KSM) in the Holy Catholic Church.

ARC. MIKE OZIEGBE ONOLEMEMEN bags a national award – Commander of the order of Niger (CON) – Society Celebration Magazine
Receiving National Award (CON) from former President Jonathan in September 2014.

Arc. Onolememen was honoured in 2015 at home, with a chieftaincy title of the ADOLOR of Uromi Kingdom by the Ojuromi of Uromi Kingdom, a title that was held by the late nationalist, Chief Anthony Enahoro, CFR.

He has also been honoured by several professional bodies in Nigeria as a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, (FNSE), Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors(F NIS), Fellow of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (FNMGS), Fellow of the Academy of Entrepreneurial Studies (FAES) and a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FNIQS).

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In 2000, Dr. Onolememen served as Executive Member of the Management Committee of the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF), an infrastructure rehabilitation and development agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, with executive responsibility for the Directorate of Projects Management.

In January of 2007, he was appointed Minister of State for Defence by President Olusegun Obasanjo and had responsibilities for the Nigerian Airforce, and all military training institutions and parastatals in Nigeria, as well as serving as the Deputy Chairman of Army Council, Navy Council, and Airforce Council.

He has been the principal consultant in the Nigerian architectural and engineering design firm, Gomic Consortium International Limited from 1990 till date.

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Onolememen, after successfully completing his PhD from Walden University, USA.

From July to May 2015, Dr. Michael Onolememen served as Minister of Works and member of the Federal Executive Council in the Federal Government of Nigeria, where he had the responsibility for the design and supervision of construction and rehabilitation of national roads infrastructure. He was also at that time a member of the National Economic Management Team.

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From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Onolememen served as Chairman, Project Steering Committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Highway project ( Lagos-Abidjan-Dakar Corridor) constituted by the Presidents and Heads of Government of West African Countries.

He was a member of the Ministerial Committee for the Nigerian Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan(NIIMP) and was chair of the technical working group on transportation.

In September 2014, Dr Michael Onolememen was honoured among 305 Nigerians, with one of Nigeria’s highest National Awards, Commander of the Order of the Niger(CON), by the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in appreciation of his meritorious services to the nation.

With the prestigious CON national award, Mike Onolemenmen, a professional architect and distinguished administrator, joined his compatriot awardees with the impetus to do more of such selfless sacrifices for the enhancement of Nigerians.

He has authored two books; “Infrastructure Development in Nigeria; A Political and Economic History” published in London and New York by Routledge Publishers in February 2020; and Bridging the Gap: Memoirs of Nigeria’s former Minister of Works; published in 2021 by Author House, IN, USA.

Dr. (Arc) Mike Onolememen, CON, Ph.D.

Dr. (Arc) Mike Onolememen, CON, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Onolememen is happily married, and the marriage is blessed with children.

Dr. Michael Oziegbe Onolememen is mostly described as a ‘builder’, a motivational force, and an inspiration to many.

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Nasarawa Assembly Pledge to give Gov. Sule legal backing on transparency,  accountability.

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Nasarawa Assembly Pledge to give Gov. Sule legal backing on transparency,  accountability.

Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has moved to give Gov. Abdullahi Sule legal backing in order to enhance transparency, accountability and probity for good governance in the state.

To this end, the House has deliberated on three different executive bills to that effect and slated Monday, June 28th, 2021 for the third reading of the bills.

Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi,  the Speaker of the House stated this after the House deliberated on the executive bills report during the House proceedings today in Lafia.

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State

The reports are, Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on a bill for a Law to Enact the Nasarawa State Public Audit Law 2021 and for Other Matters Connected Therewith presented  by Hon Abdullahi Angibi, the Co- Chairman of the committee.

The second report is, the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on A  Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of Office of the Auditor General for Local Governments and Other Matters Incidental Thereto presented by Hon Mohammed Okpoku, the Acting Chairman of the committee.

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The third report is, the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on A Bill for a Law for the Establishment of the Nasarawa State Debt Management Office and for Other Matters Connected Therewith presented by Hon .Mohammed Okpoku, the Acting Chairman of the committee.

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For the Nasarawa State Public Audit Law 2021, the  committee recommends that the Audit Service Board shall be the designated body to recommend to the Executive Governor the person to be appointed as Auditor General of the State.

” The committee recommends renewable tenure for Auditor General. When he completes a term of four years,  renewable once for another four years , if appointed on the service, provided is not more than the age of 60 years.

” Upon vacation of office, the retiring Auditor General shall be entitled to pension as a rate equivalent to the Annual Salary of the incumbent Auditor General.

” The Committee recommended 0.2 % of all payment on project executed  by the State Government for project auditing.

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” The Committee further recommends 2% as professional fees to External Auditors.

Rt. Hon. Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe

Rt. Hon. Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe

” The Board shall comprises of a chairman and six other members which shall be appointed two from each of the senatorial zone.

” The Auditor General shall be the Chairman of the  Board and an officer not below the rank of director shall serve as the Secretary, ” he said.

The House also recommended that a person with cognate experience of not less than 15 years in Account and Auditing practice with either B.Sc or HND as the case may be , be appointed as the chairman of the Board of age limit not above 60 years.

The House also deliberated on report of the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on A  Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Office of the Auditor General for Local Governments and Other Matters Incidental Thereto.

Hon Mohammed Okpoku, the Acting Chairman of the committee said that the committee recommended that every Local Government Council shall submit its approved budget before the end of first quarter of the year.

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” Render an annual financial statement to the Office of the Auditor General before the end of last quarter of the financial year.

” The Auditor General shall be entitled to provision for life at a rate equivalent to the annual salary of the incumbent Auditor General,” he said.

Furthermore, the House also deliberated on report of the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on A Bill for a Law for the Establishment of the Nasarawa State Debt Management Office and for Other Matters Connected Therewith which was presented by Hon .Mohammed Okpoku, the Acting Chairman of the committee.

The committee recommended that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Local Government should be a member of the Debt Management Committee representing the Local Government Council.

The speaker slated Monday, June 28th, 2021 for the third reading of all the three bills after the House deliberated on the reports.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for adoption of the reports of the three bills after deliberation by the House.

Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House seconded the motions.

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“The Zonal Technical Workshop Was Timely And Profitable” – Hajia Hassisat

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The recently concluded Two Days Zonal Technical Workshop on Medium Term National Development Plan 2021/2025, have been described as a good step in the Right Direction.

The Chairman, Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) Federal, Hajia Hassisat Ozavize Suleiman, stated this while speaking with Newsmen at the end of the event which was organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning at the Glass House, Lokoja.

She said the Confluence State was blessed to have been picked for the all important Workshop, stressing that a lot have been achieved already through various delibrations in the course of the event.

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Hajia Ozavize Suleiman, who is also the Executive Chairman, Kogi State Mineral Resources Development Agency, noted that there was need for adequate attention to be accorded to the Solid Minerals and Agricultural sector, following the need for diversification of the Country’s economy, while calling on the Federal Government to allow States exercise a level of control over the Solid Minerals sector.

She also commended Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, for his doggedness and unwavering commitment at giving the solid Minerals and natural Resources sector in the State a facelift, and promised to continue to live up to expectations in the two offices she occupies.

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Scholar Raises Concern Over Igbo Exclusive Residential Community in Kano

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A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya have raised concern over highbrow residential areas occupied exclusively by Igbos in Kano State noting that such allowance creates a vacuum for disunity.

A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya

A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya

In a video obtained by Arewa Agenda, the scholar who noted that the community located in Zungeru Road, behind Kano Airport said, “they have their massive gates, security and other facilities that prevent other people, especially indigenes from accessing. Government should not allow such to be happening when we can’t go to Onitsha, Aba or Enugu an create an exclusive place for Northerners or Muslims like that.”

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Dr. Abdallah, known for his clear stance on topical issues, called on the state Government to promote policies that will harmonize the Hausas and Igbos in the area and bring about peaceful coexistence.

“We should not have such exclusive places, government should ensure there are mosques there and Kano indigenes should be given access to build houses too in such highbrow area,” Gadon Kaya insisted.

A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya

A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya

Arewa Agenda learnt that many people are heeding the call.

Speaking on the matter, a Political Commentator and Secretary Arewa Youths Council (AYC), Bello Shehu States that, “It dangerous, especially when some ethnic groups are clamouring for separation from the rest of the country to now allow one tribe to exclusively occupy an highbrow. Even though Arewa people are denied such privileges of owning business premises and estates in Igboland, we need to mix up to promote national unity, tolerance and brotherhood. That way, we can appreciate each other more and live peacefully together.”

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Also, a security analyst who would not like to be mentioned states that, “let those from Kano be allowed to buy land and build houses there. Allowing this to continue will create another Igbo land within Kano and this is not good for security reasons otherwise anything can happen, especially with IPOB’s agitations by Nnamdi Kanu for Biafra Republic and other secessionists

“Once there is a crisis for example, such place can become a direct target, but with the coexistence, it will be difficult to target one tribe.

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