Saturday 17 August 2019

Focus On Sunday Dare the Ministerial Nominee from Oyo State

The nomination of Mr. Sunday Dare from Oyo State, for the position Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari is in our focus this weekend.

He is a graduate of International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and he has decades of multimedia journalism experience spanning over 25 years. (1991 to 2016).

He was Chief of Staff/Special Adviser (Media) to Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu when he was the governor of Lagos State. He also served as Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Information and Communications in 2009.

Dare is the Executive Commissioner ( Stakeholder Management) of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC).

Until his appointment at NCC, he was the convener of the Social Media Clinic (SMC), a Media/Information Technology (New Media) initiative, committed to educating private citizens on IT development and also in the use of telecommunication as an information tool and creating awareness on how to responsibly use the platform provided by advancements in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

At NCC, he has brought a wonderful combination of incisiveness and approachability, and completely demystified public office with his open door policy.

He was assigned to oversee aspects of the operations of the NCC and brief the minister on issues, challenges and opportunities in Nigeria’s emerging telecommunications market

A great motivator, he has always left indelible marks wherever he has been called upon to serve. He was the Chief, Hausa Service, African Division, Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, DC from 2001 to 2009. He played a critical role for the returned of Civil democracy and Constitutional rule in Nigeria as a founding member and Chief Editor of Nigeria weekly magazine, News and Tempo in the days of the military rule, he has contributed immensely towards National development using media and communication devices.

As the Executive commissioner Stakeholder Management of Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) from 2016 till date Sunday Dare has been able to achieve the following:

•Nigeria GDP rose from 9.1 in 2016 to 10.1 in 2019 through Telecommunication

•Advocate of e-Commerce, e-Medicine and regulation of National Development leveraging on ICT

•Contributing towards achieving the aim of Fibre Optic connecting to all 774 LG across the Country

•Contributing towards achieving 5G fastest connection that will enhance Businesses and Country growth

•Contributing towards More Efficient Use of Spectrum Resources

•Author of a book titled  "Regulating Telecommunication for National Development" as Advised/Mandated by Senate committee on ICT during his screening as a commissioner in 2016.

Sunday Dare is a unifying factor In Oyo APC.

Dare is a recipient of many awards and has been recognized internationally, including being identified as one of the 50 Leading Nigerians in North America 2010 in commemoration of Nigeria’s 50th Anniversary.

He also won the Voice of America Meritorious Honour Award 2009 in recognition of his skillful leadership and outstanding performance; and he also bagged a Committee to Protect Journalists Citation in 2000 by the New York based organization in acknowledgement of his courage as a journalist.

Dare, is a member and associate of several professional bodies including the US based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) the Investigative Workshop, American University and a former Knight Fellow, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Washington DC.

Dare will be a valuable asset to President Muhammadu Buhari’s government as we hope and pray that he should be trusted with the Minister of Communication Portfolio.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu the All Progressives Congress National Leader has this to say on Sunday Dare when he recently celebrated his 50th birthday:

“I have known Sunday as far back as late 88. I joined politics from the corporate world, It was the likes of Bayo Onanuga of The News, Sam Omatseye, Segun Babatope and many others on ground and we needed money to fight dictatorship, to bring democracy to Nigeria, these were people that sacrificed for it, When you are looking for a man who can live his life for others and persevere, look for Sunday Dare, when you are looking for loyalty, commitment to duty, confidentiality, look for Sunday Dare.

“If you are looking for a man who will do his job without seeking for reward, if you are looking for accountability, no matter how much you leave with him, he will account for every single of it, even when he is hungry, to touch your money to feed himself, he will seek permission, when you are looking for a man who is compassionate and committed to others, a friend, look for Sunday Dare.

“There is one man who will never forget his friends, only some days ago, up till the next morning, he was quoting an analogy on Waziri Adio linking it with what Segun Adeniyi has said before, I did not know Waziri will be here today, he said Oga watch out, that is Sunday Dare for you, he doesn’t forget friends.

“We have been together for many years. We left this country at the risk of our lives, we were in America, people can say what they want to say, but I am proud to stand here in the house of God, without people like Sunday Dare, there will be no democracy in this country.

“We suffered together but when we talk of loyalty, I was telling him to return home that he is needed in this country, we were still under the former administrator, even those in the opposition comes to the house, and when they need help, I humbly recommend one person to them, go for Sunday Dare."

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