Akintunde Oyebode: Brother, can you spare a dime? (Y! FrontPage)

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  • Observer

    Informative and obviously well-researched article.

  • Oseiwe Ibhagui

    Thanks for raising the point. I’ve been trying to tell people this but of course no one hears me. Only the FG is attractive for every Tom, Dick and Harry to talk about. They don’t know that GEJ started off as a LG chairman and could have been filtered out if people did exactly what we’re talking about.


  • ken

    …”The local government remains the easiest arm of government to influence and change, but we collectively ignore it; preferring to focus on the less difficult and more glamorous top-down change. If we are unable to influence and change governance at the level closest to us, then our desire for greater change in the governance of Nigeria will end up being what it is at the moment; a dream.”

    The Likes of ElRufai should go and inspect what their LG Chairmen are doing.

  • ken

    Oseiwe, this is why people have continued to ignore you. You need to get your facts right.




    As a corps member, Goodluck served Nigeria devotedly as a humble classroom teacher at Iresi, a community in Oyo State, now in Osun State. At the end of the NYSC programme in 1982, the young man took up appointment as a classroom teacher under the auspices of the Rivers State Civil Service Commission, and began to cultivate his independent-minded spirit. Following his exceptional performance at the interview, he was promptly upgraded to the rank of Science Inspector of Education in the Ministry of Education.

    But then, Goodluck Jonathan always knew that he had a bond with the academia that he couldn’t deny. Accordingly, in November 1983, he left the mainstream civil service for the Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt, where he picked up his chalk again, standing before the blackboard and drawing diagrams, content with his status as a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences. He was elected as a Representative of Congress in the Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee of the College. He performed his duties to great acclaim until he voluntarily resigned his appointment.

    Given his dogged quest for knowledge, however, he propelled himself to obtain a Masters degree in Hydro-Biology and Fisheries Biology in 1985. It is on record that from his primary school right through tertiary education, Goodluck Jonathan never failed any terminal or semester examination. Ultimately, in 1995, after a long dream of academic fulfillment, he bagged his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.

    With the creation of the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC, in October 1992, Jonathan was called to serve as Assistant Director, Ecology, in March 1993 in the Directorate of Environmental Protection and Pollution Control. He was in charge of the Environmental Protection Sub-Department of the Commission. He performed creditably in that capacity, until he voluntarily left the service of the Commission in 1998….

    Simple and unassuming, humble to a fault, none of his friends, colleagues and associates ever expected Dr Goodluck Jonathan to jump into the rough waters of Nigerian politics. But that is exactly what he did. Inspired by the words of Isaac Adaka Boro, determined to advance the welfare and progress of his people on a larger scale, he ventured into politics in 1998, with a hopeful heart beating in his chest. At the dawn of the Fourth Republic, Dr Jonathan pitched tent with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and emerged as the running mate to the party’s gubernatorial flag-bearer, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. The duo emerged triumphant at the polls in the 1999 governorship election, and so Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan stepped into office as the first Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State.