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HERBERT MACAULAY

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Herbert Macaulay, captured in a moment of focused diligence, sits at a desk adorned in a light-colored suit and a bow tie, engrossed in the act of writing with a pen.

This photograph, taken in 1946 at his residence known as Kirsten Hall, House No. 8, Balbina Street, Lagos Island.

Photo Credit: Duckworth, E. H., 1894-1972 (Collector)/ Herskovits Library of African Studies

A man of multifaceted talents and titles, Macaulay’s legacy is as diverse as the nicknames he acquired throughout his lifetime – from ‘Ejo n’Gboro’ (the one who throws scare into people as a snake would if seen in the city) to ‘the Wizard of Kirsten Hall’ and the ‘Grand Old Man of Lagos politics,’ among other aliases.

Beyond his role as a surveyor, Macaulay left an indelible mark on the architectural landscape of Lagos. His plans adorned prestigious buildings such as the French Company’s premises on the Marina, Dr. Henry Carr’s house at Tinubu Square, Mr. E. J. Alex-Taylor’s residence at Victoria Road, Dr. A. Maja’s Doherty Villa, and the African Oil Nuts on the Marina.

Macaulay’s influence transcended professional boundaries, for he was not merely a Nationalist, Musician, Surveyor, Journalist, Babalawo, and freedom fighter but a thorn in the side of British Colonialists. Imprisoned in 1913 at the infamous Broad Street Prison, he endured hardship with unyielding resilience.

A man of flamboyance and style, Macaulay wore his passion for Lagos as a badge of honor, defending and fighting for the city with pride and dignity. His love for Ifa and the traditional ways of his forebears further underscored his commitment to preserving cultural heritage.

Olayinka Herbert Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay, a visionary ahead of his time, drew his last breath on May 4, 1946, at Kirsten Hall. His residence, House No. 8, Balbina Street, Lagos Island, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of a man who left an indelible mark on the history of Lagos and the fight for freedom and justice.

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Nigerians not the only ones facing poverty — President Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu has stated that while poverty and suffering exist in the country, Nigerians are not the only ones facing these challenges.

The President said this in Lagos when he received a delegation from the National Assembly who came to felicitate with him on the occasion of Eid-el Kabir on Monday evening.

The delegation, led by the President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, included the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Jibrin Barau, and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, among others.

“Yes, there is poverty; there is suffering in the land. We are not the only people facing such, but we must face our challenges. We must find a way to eliminate banditry and terrorism so that farmers can bring out food from the farmland.

If you do not have good roads to bring the food to the population, even if you grow the food and you are losing 60–70 per cent to damages, you will pay the price,” said Tinubu.

Tinubu also restated his commitment not to turn his back on the country despite the challenges. “Good economics at a harsh time is the challenge that we must face. As I said in my speech, no matter how difficult it is and how challenging it can be, I will not turn my back on Nigeria,” Tinubu said.

He challenged citizens to have a change of mindset about Nigeria if the nation is to overcome its current challenges. “The need (for some citizens) to change the rent-seeking mindset and become more productive to the economy is a challenge. There is a need to stop smuggling and all economic sabotage. Why should we have people removing rail tracks and all that, stealing electric cables, and sabotaging the economy?

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Clarifications on the Donation of Security Vehicles: IMSG Did Not Buy Brand New Security Vehicles

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– The State Only Rehabilitated Broken/Abandoned Security Vehicles.

My attention has been drawn to some mischievous and false information spread by the defeated opposition party members in the state, particularly the PDP, to discredit the government and the #PeoplesGovernor regarding the recent donations of refurbished police vehicles.

Their latest antics involve using one John Okoye, a freelance staff member of a PDP-sympathetic radio station in Owerri, BizzyBody Fm, to spread disinformation and propaganda.

They claim that the #PeoplesGovernor purchased and donated tens of brand new security vehicles a year ago and is doing so again — barely one year later — portraying the governor as wasteful.

It is unfortunate that someone like Mr. John Okoye, considered an intellectual, could be so intellectually lazy as to not even read a common news piece, and worse, spread disinformation and ignorance through the media.

For the benefit of the general public and those who may have been misled, I clarify as follows:

1. The #PeoplesGovernor did not purchase or procure brand new security vehicles for the security agencies.

2. At no point did any state government communication or the governor himself say that the state government procured brand new vehicles. In fact, the governor stated, “We have delivered 11 REFURBISHED Armored Personnel Carriers and 32 operational vehicles to the Nigerian Police Force, Imo State Command.”

3. Rather, the #PeoplesGovernor, being a prudent man who does not encourage waste, rehabilitated old and abandoned security vehicles that were lying idle at various police commands.

4. This decision encourages a maintenance culture among public officials, as broken police vehicles were repaired instead of being abandoned for brand new purchases.

5. The #PeoplesGovernor acknowledged that the vehicles were dilapidated and damaged due to use over time and undertook to repair them so they could be deployed across the state to protect lives and property and fight crime.

6. Just as we take our personal vehicles to the mechanic for repairs, the governor undertook the repairs of broken police vehicles for effective policing.

7. Our governor deserves commendation for being proactive and alive to his executive duties of protecting Imo people’s lives and property, which has made our state relatively peaceful. Any one who has contrary view on this must be viewed and seen as an enemy of the state who is unhappy with the achievements recorded in the security of Imo people in the last few years.

8. Thank you.

Ambrose Nwaogwugwu.

June 19, 2024.

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Provide commercial ranches for herders, farmers tell FG

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_Farmers’ Association Requests Commercial Ranches for Herders_

– _Solution to Farmer-Herder Conflicts_: The Farmers Association in Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to establish commercial ranches for herders as a permanent solution to the recurring farmer-herder conflicts.

– _Private Sector Investment_: The association suggests that the private sector should invest in commercial ranches, which would provide a sustainable solution to the clashes between farmers and herders.

– _Benefits of Ranching_: Ranching would allow for better breeding, feeding, and management of livestock, increasing meat production and reducing the need for open grazing.

– _Reducing Conflicts_: Commercial ranches would help reduce the conflicts between farmers and herders, promote peaceful coexistence, and enhance national food security.

– _Government Support_: The association appeals to the government to provide incentives, such as subsidies and loans, to support the establishment of commercial ranches.

– _Long-term Solution_: The farmers believe that commercial ranches offer a long-term solution to the farmer-herder conflicts, which have led to loss of lives, crops, and livestock.

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