•Details Of His Declaration Speech
My name is Adesina Ayodele Fagbenro–Byron, aka, Sina Fagbenro-Byron, aka SFB and I am by the Grace of God seeking to run for and get elected to the position of, President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the General Elections of 2019.
I was born in Ibadan to both Nigerian parents on the 5th of June 1959. I graduated in Economics (1982) and Law (1988) respectively. I hold a Master’s degree in Information Science and was awarded a Doctorate in Humanities in 2012 by the Commonwealth University of Belize.
I am naturally blessed with an abundance of artistic creativity and innovative talents.
I attended Government College Ibadan 1970-74 for my O-levels and Federal Government College Ilorin 1975-1977 for A levels. I have over 35 years’ experience in private and public service covering teaching, auditing, law practice and as company lawyer, development consultancy .
I have acquired expertise in Public Policy and Implementation, National Development, International Development Issues, Global affairs, African affairs, Nigerian history, law, culture and political economy. As a development expert I have a wide portfolio of participation and leadership in the design, implementation, coordination, delivery and evaluation of internationally financed development programs and projects in Nigeria at national and sub-national levels.
•As Economics O level teacher, many of my students today are citizens of high repute.
•As lawyer and civil rights activist, in the 1990s I rendered several pro-bono cases to clients unjustly detained and organized free legal service to the underprivileged
•I was Company Secretary Legal Adviser of the first Marginal Field Oil company in Nigeria NDPR Ltd and worked to ensure peaceful host Community relations and corporate social responsibility
•As a consultant, I was significantly responsible for the first 22Million Euro grant to the EFCC by the European Commission in 2004 and served as a consultant to the EFCC between 2003-2005
•As consultant, I was in the World Bank team that conducted Lagos State Country Procurement and Financial assessment review(LSPAR) in 2000 which helped Lagos under Tinubu to develop its very successful 10 point agenda. I was on the World Bank team to conduct the Country Procurement Assessment Review (CPAR) this helped to design the Buruea for Public Procurement office
•As Governance Adviser for DFID, I was in charge of the delivery of technical and some financial support to several federal government programs supported by the British government including:
•Lead Adviser, SERVICOM where I was the Co-Chairman of the National Steering Committee along with Ad ObeObe, the Special Adviser to President Obasanjo
•Adviser, Public Service Reforms
•I was lead adviser to the support to the National Assembly in 2008-2010,
•Lead adviser to the UK Elections support program 2006-2011
•Lead Adviser on Anti Corruption, particularly supporting the Federal Ministry of Finance to institute the Ministerial Anti-Corruption Technical Units 2007/8
•Lead Adviser, Justice aspects of the Security Justice and Growth program 2008/9
•Lead adviser for Coalitions for Change – promoting Civil Society-Government and Private Sector issues-based collaboration for development
•As Head of DFID South West,
•I was coordinator of the delivery of over programs ranging from health, education, governance and economic growth in support of the South West States
•I was the initiator of the MDGs annual count-down in all South West states
•I was initiator of the Women in Governance programmes in the South West
•I was part of the team that organized several British/Lagos-Nigeria high level diplomatic engagements, visits and discussions including the visit of David Cameron, the Prime Minister and his meeting with President Jonathan
•Supported the formation of Lagos State Civil Society Coalition
•Facilitated several state EXCO Retreats in Lagos and Ogun states
•Provided special support to Ekiti state 2010-2013
•As Regional Coordinator South East Nigeria, and Head of DFID Enugu Office
•I supported the South East Economic Integration initiatives
•Coordinated DFID programs in Health, Education, Governance and economic growth
•Supported dialogues between British Government and south eastern states
oFacilitated State Exco retreats, particularly Anambra and Enugu states
•As CRO Mothergold Ltd
•Organized the 3rd African Infectious Diseases and Bio security conference on Lagos
•World Bank Consultant on Service Delivery improvement
•Technical Service provider and Facilitator of Save One Million Lives, Maternal and child health in 8 states, Anambra, Abia, Imo, Delta, Edo, Osun, Kogi, Oyo and Osun states
•Consultant to several organizations on Security, Governance and Service delivery.
•Revive Nigeria, NIM 3rd Force, JEANS, CLUB 774, YES NIGERIA, PROJECT NIGERIA
•MUSICIAN AND STAGE PERFORMER
•Released album titled ‘Made in Nigeria’ promoting made in Nigeria goods and services
•Paribotoribito: Promoting Maternal and Child health
MOTIVATION FOR RUNNING
I sincerely love this country and its people. Nigerians are my people, my friends, my family; they make me who I am. I am awed by Nigeria’s talents and human resources, but ashamed and disappointed at its monumental waste, Like many other Nigerians we feel the pain of disappointment and the consequences of under achievement. I am witness to the development slide in Nigeria and how our ‘old school’ politics and leadership styles is leading us into perdition. Though we are of different ethnic groups and beliefs, I believe we are complimentary of each other as long as we have good leaders who understand and have the capacity to manage Nigeria’s diversity and mass.
The world is facing another era of Global Fragility the likes of which World wars are made of and tottering on the brinks of fragility and global conflict. Nigeria as it stands and which has, for years has been nursing an epidemic of grand corruption and organized crime, where government institutions are consciously structured to meet the interests of elites cannot withstand the oncoming wave of global fragility.
Unfortunately, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, geographically located at the centre of Africa and natural Eldorado of the so called “Black-man’’ is tending towards becoming a basket case in State Fragility. Only if Nigeria saves itself can it save Africa. The type of leadership we have and the politics we play cannot save us or lead us anywhere except to a future of slavery, poverty, violence and hunger, as we are beginning to witness in Nigeria today.
The Old School Leadership Style:
(1) Politics of Divide and Rule, as inherited from the colonialists,
(2) Politics of Patronage and God-Fatherism
(3) Politics of Exclusion where the poor, women and youth are main victims
(4) Politics of Impunity which is the father of Corruption in Nigeria
(5) Politics of Favouritism – filial, ethnic , religious, gender etc..
By nature, I am not a complainer. Whenever I am faced with a dire situation or a complex challenge (after the initial and reflexive outer reaction like anyone else), I reflect and ask: WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THIS? In answering this question viz-a-viz the Nigerian situation and after due consultations and prayers, it is with a deep sense of humility and determination that I offer to Nigeria, the leadership, love, direction and sacrifice that we all need to reverse the tide. My aspiration and hopefully, eventual candidacy and election to the office of the President will offer Nigerians the rightSkills, Knowledge, Experience and Attitude to providethe transformational leadership that this country is ready for. Ladies and gentlemen of the press, I offer a democratic revolution which is intended to UNLOCK GOOD GOVERNANCE – which in summary is about Capability, Accountability, Responsiveness and Inclusiveness.
KOWA was registered as a political party on July 16, 2009, by a group of Nigerian Civil Society activists, professionals and technocrats who wish to contribute to making Nigeria a country where there is economic justice, political sanity, peace, stability, human development and social progress; a country governed in the best interest of the majority who are at present, mostly poor, struggling people, as opposed to the current situation in which there is gross economic injustice. We are mostly political activists, professionals and politicians who did not find a level playing ground in the god-father-dominated political parties.
KOWA Party believes that a moral obligation is placed on ALL PUBLIC OFFICERS to commit to a personal lifestyle marked by simplicity, modesty, integrity and humility in the service of the Great Peoples of Nigeria.In Yoruba, KOWA means ‘let it come’; meaning let the good life come. In Igbo, KOWA means ‘explain’ which to us, means ‘openness’ and ‘transparency’. In Hausa, KOWA means ‘everyone’ which defines us as a party based on the principles of Social Inclusion and accommodation.
•Safety and Security
•Education and Health
•Technology and Innovation
•Infrastructure and Economy
DRIVERS OF CHANGE
•I shall maintain a Zero Tolerance for Hunger and a Zero Tolerance for Illiteracy
•I shall pursue a national Interest defined as follows: To protect and preserve Nigerian lives, lands and livelihoods, as well as to support the welfare of Nigerian citizens globally, and that of our friends within.
Given the chance, I can assure you that premium will be placed on the value of Nigerian life. As Value for the Life is Value for Nation! This country is big enough and endowed enough to more than adequately take care of our needs and establish for posterity a free, just and prosperous society. I am an investor in People, and believe with inspiring leadership our nation can be truly great. My personal leadership style is of DIGNIFIED INCLUSION believing firmly that the Expectations of the Poor shall not perish forever.
Should i be elected president of Nigeria I will spend the First 100 day on a nationwide consultation tour and stakeholder assessment to help ensure a peaceful and development-oriented political settlement upon which Nigeria can restructure for good and preserve national unity and citizens commitment
As you reflect on these, let me restate that I offer Nigerians, my passion, my love, a Vision of incredible greatness, the capacity to deliver, accountable, and responsive governance. My promise to you is to serve you as a brother, a friend and a Citizens President, so help me God.
SFB Presidential Aspirant
22nd March 2018, International Press Conference, Held at the Jasmine Suite, 102 Ralph Shodeinde Street, Abuja FCT
Nigeria is a country endowed with resources and potential, but its chequered history and present contradictions has caused us to fail to reach potential while complicating the attainment of a much needed and sustainable political settlement
In 1960 October 1
stat the turn of independence the poverty level was 15%. 55 years after, it will be difficult to contest a claim that the poverty levels in Nigeria are in excess of 71% at a benchmark of $1.95 per day, Life expectancy is under 50 yrs, predicted will have the most poor people on earth by 2030 ; In 11 northern states(NE&NW) poverty rate is above 70%; up to 88% in Jigawa. High Gender exclusion with at least 70% female illiteracy rate and we account for 10% of global maternal mortality burden. Nigeria is leading in Out-of-School children population and contributing 47% to global out-of-school kids.