\’No country in the world can take in refugees indefinitely. Successful integration can only succeed with a limitation of immigration. This is the core message of the coalition agreement….\’ — Introduction to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer\’s 63-point
There was palpable tension at a town hall meeting organized by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, as Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose had a face-off with the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Bello and the Director of the Department of State Services(DSS), Mrs. Promise Ihenacho.
Governor Fayose had accused the security chiefs of working in cahoots with the All Progressive Congress in the deployment of allegedly compromised operatives to Ekiti to perpetrate rigging and illegal arrests.
This was as the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and security chieftains assured that the election slated for July 14 will be free, fair and devoid of any form of malpractices that could vitiate the process.
The assurances were given by INEC commissioner in charge of Ekiti, Oyo and Osun States, Mr. Solomon Soyebi, the State Police Commissioner and DSS Director at a town hall meeting organized by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
The Chairman of the Civil Society Organisation, Mr. Clement Nwankwo, said the essence of the meeting is to extract assurances from INEC and security agencies that the coming election will be credible.
Fayose alleged that ex-Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Dr Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Hakeem Abiola and former Aide De Camp (ADC), Adeyemi Ajayi , have been brought to Ekiti to lead policemen to conduct illegal arrest of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and harass electorate. The atmosphere at the Afe Babalola Civic Centre, where the event was held became very tensed as party members inside the hall threw all manners of allegations at the security chiefs.
The Chairman of the traditional rulers and Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju and the Attah of Ayede, Oba Abdulmumin Orisagbemi, told the security chiefs to redeploy the two men out of the state in the interest of peace. But the DSS boss, Mrs. Ihenacho who confirmed that the former CSO was in Ekiti, but not as a leader of a unit as alleged by the governor, which further provoked the audience and made them become uncontrollable until Fayose intervened and brought the situation under control.
The CP also intervened to say that any police officer that has a political affinity with any of the interested parties would not be used for the election. “We are going to give equal opportunities to all the parties and the issue you have raised will be looked into because there are procedure we must follow, even if they are going to be redeployed”, he said.
The Governor accused the DSS boss of allegedly acting like a chieftain of the APC by ordering the arrest and detention of PDP members and some teachers.
He also tendered a video evidence to the INEC chiefs at the event to confirm alleged preloading of the smart card reader by a political party in Akure, Ondo State capital.
Fayose said: “Free and fair election can only come when security did the right thing. On the day of the election, I want all my security details to be withdrawn. But let me say that DSS has started arresting people but this will be resisted.
This will be the best election — Zakari
INEC Commissioner in charge of Election Operations and Logistics, Mrs. Amina Zakari said the commission would ensure the election would end up being “the most successful election ever conducted,” in Nigeria.
Zakari, while rebuffing the governor’s allegations against her called on him to back his claim with evidence, adding the institution had gone farther than the era when polls were rigged with impunity in the country.
Her words: “They should prove that beyond a reasonable doubt. I doubt it if an individual can rig an election when there are over 20,000 personnel to conduct the election. “They should back their allegation with fact and figures. We (INEC) have nothing to hide. I see no reason why INEC would want to go back to bad old days. We are moving forward as we remain focused to ensure a credible election that Nigeria will be proud of. “I have no doubt that this will be well-organized and it will be adjudged as the most successful election ever conducted,” she said.
Many of the leaders I work with are anxious to hear tips on time management. But after working with business leaders and executives for over three decades, I’ve come to realize that the most effective and successful leaders treat time management as a secondary concern. For them, it’s energy management that produces real results.
Most of my clients—and most leaders in general—have a lot to accomplish. When it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what you need to do, it’s all too easy to push yourself beyond your limits. As a result, you can become burned out long before you accomplish your goals.
When I coach my clients on using their time effectively, the first step is to work on managing their energy. It can be challenging in our overscheduled and hurried world, but here are some of the fundamental principles:
It’s about getting the rest you need. People try to get everything done in an all-nighter, but in fact the longer you stay up the less productive you become. It’s best to get a good night’s sleep and start fresh.
It’s about quality, not quantity. I don’t know any business leaders who don’t have too much to do. It’s not about how much you can get done but how you get it done. Quality always wins out over quantity. It may even give you the zest to do more—it is a powerful feeling when you get things done with excellence.
It’s about being present without being distracted. The best way to manage your energy and time is to be fully present with whatever, or whoever, needs your attention. When you have true focus, you can accomplish tasks twice as fast with more energy left over.
It’s about taking small breaks. Multiple studies have found that you have more energy for the day’s tasks, especially work-related tasks, if you take short breaks throughout the day. Those can be as simple as five to 10 minutes of stepping away from your work space and getting into a different mental zone — for instance, taking a short walk, completing an unrelated task, listening to a favorite song or reading something else. Research suggests that distracting yourself briefly once an hour gives you more energy to work during the day productively.
It’s about working out. You’ve likely heard it a thousand times already: exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy and being happy gives you energy. When you feel like you don’t have the energy to exercise and you drag yourself to the gym, you’ll leave feeling more energized. Numerous studies point to regular exercise as having a significant role in increasing energy levels and reducing fatigue.
Lead from within: If you are truly mindful of your energy and you manage it well, you’re likely to become far more productive—and, as a result, a more effective leader.