•Talks About The 36 Year Old Club
The Mace Club in Abeokuta is a very popular and respected club of distinguished Gentlemen. A few days back, the President of the club Alhaj (Chief) Mace Festus Olusina Oyejobi, Lukotun of Itoko Egbaland, told City People Online how the club was formed on the 1st of April 1984. He revealed a lot about the way the club runs and those who form members of the Exco.lt is very revealing. Below are excerpts of the interview.
Tell us the story of Mace Club. How old is it?
Mace Club was formed by progressively ambitious young men on April 1st,1984 in Abeokuta and subsequently registered with Corporate Affairs Commission on the 4th December 1990. It was a platform created for young men at that time for social interaction. It became an Avenue for members then to share their vision while exploring the various opportunities available through members as well as honourary members to cement the bond of friendship. The Club was equally founded on the need to engage in humanitarian/community services. It is on this note that the Club has made it a point of duty from inception to visit and give succour to good people of lepers colony in Abeokuta, motherless babies homes, Schools for the Physically Challenged among others. The Club has an annual programme tagged Rollback Malaria. We organise debates and quiz competitions amongst Secondary schools across Ogun State to sensitize people on the scourge of malaria. Mace Club Of Nigeria Vice President.
What are the aims and objectives?
The aims and objectives of the club are (1)To promote friendship and unity among members. (2) To maintain equity and freedom amongst members (3)To promote socio-cultural, humanitarian, educational and sporting activities in Nigeria. (4) To create peace and harmony in order to foster greater assistance for the benefit of members with mutual understanding (5)To create communal development consciousness in members and the entire people of Nigeria. (6) Shall neither be instrumental to the formation nor affiliate with any political/religious organization. (7) To respect the laws of the land. Mace Club Of Nigeria, Sec-Gen.
Who are the prominent members of the club?
All members of the Club are prominent because we have minimum qualifications for membership. Again there are different categories of members because we have honorary members as well. It is important to mention that by virtue of the provisions of our constitution an incumbent Governor of Ogun State is the Grand Patron of our Club. Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland is our Royal Father amongst other Distinguished personalities.
Let me state clearly here that members of the Club cut across various fields of human endeavour like Accounting, Law, Medicine, Mining, Academics, Banking, Civil Service, Communications, Paramilitary, Commerce and Human resource among others. At the moment, the numerical strength of the Club stands at 40 while intending members are being encouraged to join. Mace Club Of Nigeria, DFT
How do people join? What are the requirements for becoming a member?
Membership of the Club is open to Male citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria considered fit and eligible by the Club. Prospective members shall; (a) Have to complete an application form obtainable from the Secretariat at a non-refundable sum to be decided by the Club. Be sponsored by two Club members. Be screened by the management committee of the Club and recommendation will be made to the General Assembly for ratification. A prospective member must possess an academic qualification not lower than National Diploma (ND) or its equivalent. The prospective member must demonstrate possession of good and credible source of income. Mace Club Of Nigeria, DSPR
Tell us a little about you the President. Where were you born? Where did you grow up and schools attended?
I, Alhaj (Chief) Mace Festus Olusina Oyejobi was born on the 11th of September, 1961 to the family of Chief Israel Olumide Oyejobi and Mrs Maria Oyejobi of Itoko Community in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State.
I attended St. John’s Anglican Primary School, Obafemi and St. Peter’s College, Abeokuta for my early education. My passion for Technical works drove me to Government Technical College, Ijebu-ode to study Building Construction.
After my Intermediate and Advanced courses, I joined M.J Jobi Nigeria Limited as pioneer Manager till 4th October 1994. Sonnet Investment Limited was incorporated in 1994 with my humble self as the Chief Executive Officer. Today, Sonnet Investment has become a household name in the area of logistics, mining and supply. My keen interest in education propelled my aspiration for more knowledge as age is no barrier to education. Therefore, I enrolled at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye to study Business Education and graduated with B.Ed in Education.
However, I joined Mace Club in 1989 and served in various capacities as Director of Treasury, Director of Finance & Treasury and Vice President. I was elected President in 2018 for two years in the first instance while i was returned unopposed in March 2020 for my second term in office. I am married to Alhaja Remilekun Oyejobi and blessed with children.
Tell us about the present exco members?
Like I mentioned earlier, our Executive members are accomplished Professionals too. Their background fits perfectly into the positions they occupy as you will see. Mace Toyin Obatosin is the Vice President of this noble Club. He is a Lawyer and top Civil Servant with the Ogun State Civil Service. This unassuming young man is a football enthusiast and married with children. Mace Alh. Lawal Jibola ORISADARE is the current Secretary-General of the Club. He has BA. Ed OAU, Ile-Ife, M.A (English) Unilag, LL.B OOU and BL.
Mace Jibola Lawal ORISADARE is a Legal Practitioner, Chartered Arbitrator and a Senior Lecturer @ the Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese-Ijebu. Jibola is happily married with children.
Mace (Chief) Lolu Elemide, the current Director of Finance & Treasury of Mace Club holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from University of Lagos and Masters in Business Administration from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.
The Sakotun of Itoko, Egbaland, a Tax Consultant is happily married with children. Mace Babarinde Adebisi Olusegun is the Club’s Director of social & public relations. He holds a BSc. degree in Sociology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, and Msc. in Sociology from the University of Ibadan. He’s a seasoned Entrepreneur and Telecommunication Merchant. He’s happily married with children.