ABAYOMI SHEBA: BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT TO A VISIONARY LEADER By Triangle News Media
ABAYOMI SHEBA: BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT TO A VISIONARY LEADER
By Triangle News Media
The usual problem with having credible people in leadership positions is the fact that most persons who profess fine leadership skills and traits often turned out to be something else, especially after getting political powers. The moment they become what they sought, they desert the people to whom they feigned friendship and swore camaraderie. This sour experience is not peculiar to a particular constituency but a general situation across all states of the federation.
The trend becomes even more worrisome when the damage done by monetization of the system is considered. In certain situations, the good heads and the good hearts are denied positions. Such lofty positions are given to moneybags without considering those factors that should make the difference; thereby sacrificing the best materials for leadership.
Sheba is well known as an embodiment of honesty, a no-nonsense politician, philanthropist, seasoned administrator, legal luminary, selfless nation builder and a man without blemish and readily passionate about the development of his constituents.
Keeping to one’s words is the ultimate honour of a man. Hon. Sheba is a man of honour, always keeping to his words. This is the virtue endearing him to all and sundry. He is a man one can confidently vouch for his trustworthiness, steadfastness and fidelity. He is not a chameleon. Aside from his academic prowess and versatility, he abhors double-life, prank and unreliability in all their forms. These qualities are evident in his loyalty to party and leaders from inception. He has demonstrated unflinching loyalty to the people since the beginning of his sojourn in politics. His ways are pure. He hates deceit.
Born into the Sheba’s Dynasty of Ojomo Quarters, Ode-Irele, Hon Abayomi Sheba was trained at St. Andrew’s Anglican Primary School and United Grammar School, Ode-Irele; Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife; University of Ilorin; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko.
He worked as a Journalist with the Guardian Newspapers Limited, Lagos for years before veering into the murky but interesting waters of politics. He was elected to the Federal House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 on the Platform of PDP to represent Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency. He distinguished himself not just as a member but he was the Chairman of House of Reps Committee on Poverty Alleviation for the four years he spent in the House.
He also served as a member of the Presidential National Core Team that drafted Nigeria’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper. PRSP. He led a delegation of the House Committee on Poverty Alleviation to Peoples Republic of China to understudy the poverty reduction mechanism of The Chinese Government. While in the National Assembly, he also visited several countries around the world to understudy poverty reduction and sustainable development.
Ex. Chairman, Federal Character Commission.
He served as a Director representing Ondo State on the Board of Nigeria Wire
and Cable Plc between 2004 and 2005. He was the Head , Ondo State Government Liaison Office, Abuja and a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Olusegun Agagu between 2005 and 2009. He had also served as the Federal Commissioner Representing Ondo State in the Federal Character Commission Abuja. He has always used his positions and God given talent to promote Ondo State in particular and Nigeria in general.
Hon. Sheba believes in the empowerment of the youths through constructive engagement in the social engineering process.
His tenure in the House of Representatives could best be remembered for his quality and effective representation of Ikale people in The National Assembly. He is probably the First Ikale man to occupy the Chairmanship of a Committee in the National Assembly in the recent years.
Sheba is of a benevolent heart and candid intention whose mouth is not full of falsehood, deceit and empty promises. He is well spoken about person, whom all and sundry can vouch for his uprightness and repose full confidence in. He does not skip across political parties but makes integrity his watchword and so designs feasible plans capable of redeeming the district from the shackles of maladministration and joblessness. He is accommodating with sincerity of purpose devoid of pretence.
Abayomi Sheba is distinguished lawyer, profound public administrator and evidently God fearing individual. He is a clear symbol of integrity that is worthy of emulation by all lovers of good governance and fine character.