TOWARDS GOOD GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT by Temitope Adewoye

The term governance has being defined by the World Bank to mean “the manner in which power is exercised in the management of a country’s economic and social resources for development’

The concept of ‘governance’ is not new. It is as old as human civilization. Simply put it means the process of decision-making and the process by which decision are implemented.

Basically, while governance is the exercise of authority-political, economic and administrative to manage national resources and affairs, good governance is the art of making the government more receptive and accountable to the needs and aspiration of its populace.

Good governance has eight major characteristics; It is Participatory, Consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective, equitable, inclusive and follows the rule of law. It ensures that corruption is minimized, the views of the minorities are taken into account and the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision making. It is responsive to the present and future needs of society.

Good governance is a precondition for sustainable development of every sector of the nation. While good governance can improve development effectiveness, sustainable development enhances a good system of government that preserves the wealth of a nation for generations yet unborn.

So why this epistle you might ask?  I honestly do not intend to play the blame game because it won’t lead us anywhere however I seek to bring to our consciousness that as young people we do have power to begin to bring about the change we need in our obviously corrupt society.

Lets begin to think of ways to promote democratic principles, promote the respect for human and   peoples rights , promote co-operation in all fields of human activity  so as to raise the living standard of the Nigerian nation.

I believe in one Nigeria, I believe that our struggles are labour pains preceding the birth of a new, strong and blooming Nigeria.

HAPPY NEW MONTH!

 

 

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Life saving Soap by Temitope Adewoye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Bridget Hilton the 26 old Co-founder of jack’s soap founded in 2011 with the goal of saving life’s through soap. Bridget Hilton the founder of Jack’s Soap could not live with this statistics in mind so she took action and over a period of three months, she created and launched a for-profit company that donates soaps to children in need, for every bar of soap sold.

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To ensure the perpetuation of good hygienic practices, Jack’s doesn’t just donate the soaps but also educates the recipients about the importance of good hygiene. These luxurious soaps are made with organic ingredients, use recycled packaging materials, and are vegan and cruelty free–making them both PETA and USDA approved

Connect;

Jack’s Soap Website: www.JacksSoap.com

Jack’s Soap on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jacksoap

Jack’s Soap on Twitter; @JackSoap

Bridget Hilton on Linkedin; http://www.Linkedin.com/in/BridgetHilton

 

 

 

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Did you know that the “Happy Birthday” song was not copyrighted until a smart woman did the research and discovered it was in the public domain?

She was granted a copyright, and each time you hear the song being played on air she gets a royalty.

In the 1960’s some of the major American Car companies had failed to properly Copyright and Trademark there in Europe. It was a multimillion-dollar mistake. One enterprising young college student discovered the oversight and went from country to country in Europe doing the necessary legal work to ‘Capture’ the name.

In order to sell their cars in Europe, these companies ended up paying him in millions in licensing fees

BIG,HAIRY,AUDACIOUS GOALS AID LONG TERM VISION by Temitope Adewoye

In 1915 Citibank predecessor to Citicorp had a goal to become the most powerful, the most serviceable, the most far reaching world Financial Institution that has ever being.

In the 1950’s, Sony had a goal to be the company known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products.

In 1990 Wal-mart had a goal to become a $125 billion Company by the year 2000.

What’s your long term plan?

John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller is remembered by most as the best businessman in history, he was the founder Standard Oil (Exxon Mobil is the largest of its descendants).John was born in New York on 8th of July 1839, to William Avery Rockefeller and Eliza Davison Rockefeller His father William was a doctor who made money pronouncing cure for cancer by traveling from town to town using dubious selling scheme. Whereas his mother Eliza was a strict religious person who taught John to be disciplined, work and save.

By the time John was 12 in 1851, he had saved $50 working for neighbours      and raising turkeys. At the urging of his mother, he loaned a local farmer $50 at 7% interest payable in one year. When the farmer paid him back with interest the next year Rockefeller was impressed and said of it in 1904:

“The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my servant and not make myself a slave to the money…”

His family moved to the city of Owego, New York in 1851 and John attended the Owego Academy there. In 1853, they moved to Cleveland, Ohio and John went to the public high school, graduating in 1855. During his early school years, the teachers noticed that he was excellent with numbers and able to easily computate things in his head.

In 1855, John studied for nearly three months at Folsom Commercial College in a program that taught him about everything from accounting to exchange rates. Later that year, he began looking for a job as a bookkeeper, but had great difficulty finding one. It took him nearly two months to find a job as an assistant bookkeeper at Hewitt & Tuttle, a company that shipped produce. He impressed everyone with his honesty and diligence on the job, gradually moving his way up the ladder.

In 1859, John quit his job to start a business with his friend Maurice Clark. They formed the Clark & Rockefeller Co. with $4000 of their own money and began selling grain and hay. The business was wildly successful, making a profit of $4400 the first year and $17,000 the second year. The business continued making huge profits during the Civil War, but John eventually began looking for a new industry.

In 1862, he started a business called Andrews, Clark & Company. He made the business very efficient by making it so that the business could manufacture most of the supplies it needed. In 1865, he bought out the shares owned by the Clark brothers for a price of $72,500 and gained complete control of the company. He brought his brother William into the business to formal partnership and began work expanding the business by building more refineries.

In 1867, a man named Henry Flagler joined the business, making the name Rockefeller, Andrews & Flagler. A year later, their company became the largest refiner in the world and was highly efficient. In 1870, they formed the Standard Oil Company with John owning the majority share (30%). They immediately began trying to buy out the other oil companies to make Standard Oil a massive corporation, controlling oil wells and refineries all over the country.

By 1879, Standard Oil controlled 90% of the refining in the United States and about 70% of the refined oil being exported. In 1882, the company became a trust with John controlling a significant portion of the Trust shares. However, he did not have complete control and the board of trustees was able to do things without his approval. The company continued to grow, gradually becoming a monopolistic force and nearly forcing businesses to use their oil.

In 1890, the attorney general of Ohio brought a lawsuit against the company, eventually winning in 1892. The Trust was dissolved and Standard Oil was split into twenty companies. In spite of the split, the leaders in the company remained the major shareholders in the individual companies and essentially retained control of the company.

In 1891, John’s hard work was beginning to wear him down. He became very ill quite frequently and lost all of his hair and eyebrows. He appointed a man named Frederick Gates to manage his fortune with investments and charitable contributions. In 1897 he retired at the age of 58, leaving the company under John Archbold’s control. However he did not retire officially and he received the blame when Archibold hiked prices to increase monopolistic revenue.

John’s fortune peaked at about nine hundred million dollars in 1912 and his son, John Jr., joined Frederick Gates in the effort to manage the money. He donated seventy-five million dollars to the University of Chicago, founded the Rockefeller Foundation for education, founded the Rockefeller Institute for medical research, and founded the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission.

John Rockefeller died on May 23, 1937, leaving most of his fortune to his heirs.

The Million Dollar Rat

The million dollar ratIts 1928, A train from New york to Los Angeles carries Walt Disney and his wife home from a meeting in which they have learned that they have lost the rights to Walt’s cartoon creation Oswald the Rabbit. The news is devastating. In effect, they are out of business. But a stray mouse on the train inspires Walt to come up with a new idea. Walt’s wants to call his cartoon creation Mortimer Mouse, but his wife prevails. Mickey Mouse it is.

With this idea, Walt and his brother Roy started in a one-car garage on the wrong side of the track in east L.A and grew the largest entertainment organization in the world.

Do something with your ideas, don’t sleep with it, you probably may be denying the world something great.

a few Good Men……

good men   Hmm i think i know whats on your mind! An expose about men right?
Well keep your fingers crossed I ‘might’ just be going your way.**winks**
OK! I have always wondered how certain men caused revolutionary change in their generations,most times i ponder on what Gandi knew,Martin luther kings drive and why Nelson Mandela was willing to die?
I check the bible and wonder why God raised moses, Gideon,Deborah,Esther and the likes.
Then again i think of men like Hitler,Osama bin laden and Gadafi and i just wonder what made them so thick!(abeg o i don’t fancy dem o)
Well i finally came to the conclusion;it takes a few good men or bad men for that matter to cause a stirring and the masses would follow.
I said all that to say this I believe that someday from now the good few men and women of Nigeria would rise up to challenge the bad few. I really do not know if it would be violent or not(i pray its not) but i know that day would come when WE THE GREAT PEOPLE OF NIGERIA WOULD RISE AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR NATION.
……….ehen where did your mind go to the other time? Pls Pulsssssss don’t give me that face!
Its no news that most girls think that the majority of men are bad and all they do is use misuse and dump ladies abi?
Though there are A LOT of wolves in sheep clothing I DO believe that there are still God fearing,responsible men that respect women. After all the fact say chinko dey market no mean say people no dey buy original!
Thank you for sharing my thoughts with me i would love you to kindly say something about these thoughts of mine.cheers