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ADEBAYO SARUMI: Doyen of Maritime Industry Marks 80th Birthday Anniversary, Saturday 



ADEBAYO SARUMI: Doyen of Maritime Industry Marks 80th Anniversary, Saturday 

All roads will lead on Saturday, to Lagos Island as Movers and shakers of the Nigerian Maritime industry, diplomats and Royal fathers assemble to celebrate the Doyen of the Nigerian Maritime industry, Chief Adebayo Babatunde Sarumi, as he marks his 80th Birthday anniversary.

Chief Sarumi is the only renowned Nigerian administrator to successfully manage both the Nigerian Shippers Council and the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA as Chief Executive Officer; and honourably vacate the seats, leaving behind, truly indelible marks!

ADEBAYO SARUMI: Doyen of Maritime Industry Marks 80th Anniversary, Saturday 
Chief Adebayo Sarumi

Happy Birthday Sir, the only Maritime Guru who is a revered High Chief in both the Southwest and South-South.

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ABS @80: Sarumi, Great Man Who Humbly Works To Become Godly – Vicar Agbelusi



ABS @80: Sarumi, Great Man Who Humbly Works To Become Godly - Vicar Agbelusi

…Tasks congregants to prioritise God, in whatever they do

The Doyen of the Nigerian Maritime industry, High Chief Adebayo Babatunde Sarumi was on Saturday described as a great man, who through enduring humility, gradually worked his way before the Lord, until he became godly.

 The Vicar of Our Saviour Church TBS, Ven Ore Agbelusi made the observation in a Special Thanksgiving Service sermon, on the occasion of Chief Adebayo Sarumi’s 80th Birthday, at the Race Course, in Lagos.

The big Church was heavily occupied by a huge population, comprising core maritime industry operators, Sector decision-makers, political juggernauts, families and friends of Chief Sarumi, trying to dwarf the large numbers of actual congregants of the church.

Also Read: Echoes From ABS @80

Addressing the revered audience, the Vicar highlighted Sarumi’s virtues, dwelling especially on his selflessness, capacity to sow in seasons and out of season, and his unspared commitment to touching the lives of everyone who came in contact with him.

Leveraging on the 3rd Bible reading, taken from Matthew 6: verses 25- 34 which dwelt on not worrying over anything, but trusting the Lord to provide everything; while seeking His righteousness as everything else shall follow;  the Vicar stressed that Sarumi owed his success to his unhindered fear of God 

Ven. Agbelusi said while he had a strong desire to posit that Chief Sarumi had enjoyed some special favour of God, he was still restrained by his realisation that the celebrant always, especially prioritises everything about God, particularly the art of maximally giving glory to God!

Emphasising the symbolism of touching lives and demonstrating extreme gratitude to God, the Vicar recalled how once the Church decided to train some of its youths on skills acquisition; and at the end of the training, the church needed a certain number of Laptops.

The Church had vigorously and helplessly sought until the Celebrant’s wife brought it to her husband’s attention: pronto, a significant number of laptops were provided.

The elated Preacher stressed that a good number of those who obtained the laptops had since moved up the ladder of life, not necessarily because of the acquired skills, but because of the availability of the vital equipment!

He also recalled another instance of a seemingly lacklustre church building development, until Sarumi heard about it, and he wholeheartedly mobilised everyone to swoop on the project, and the uncompleted church building became a thing of the past!

“How then will God not be partial unto a man who prioritizes the things that touch Him!?”, he asked, adding that Sarumi knows that on whatever he had gone through, be it thick or thin, God is always there with him,

Ven. Agbelusi tasked his revered audience, to understand the need not only to serve God, wherever they are, but more importantly, to do so with genuine humility.

“God will never share his glory…”, he stressed, and strongly warned that the easiest way to go into oblivion, is to try to share God’s glory.

“Therefore, if anyone wants to go into oblivion, that person should strive to share God’s glory”, he stated, drawing sharp examples of the legendary King Nebuchadnezzar, who ate grasses of the fields like a beast until he repented; aside from another King, who was struck by an angel and instantly devoured by worms.

The sermon, obviously was tailor-made for the occasion. There was not a single poor man in the Church; and nobody slept or dosed in the excitingly, vivacious environment.

Some of those in attendance were the nation’s foremost shipping mogul, and Chairman, the Starzs Group, Engr. Greg Utomwen Ogbeifun; Chairmen of Seaports Terminal like Chief Obvude; the President, Nigerian Masters Mariners Association NMMA, Capt. Tajudeen Also; NMMA former president, Capt. Ernest Ishola.

Also in attendance were Maritime experts, the former Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Barrister Mfon Usoro and her husband, a guru and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Usoro, a Prince of Ibadan and President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria.

Other Maritime industry experts in the church included Capt Iheanacho Ebubeogu, and Capt Olopoenia, amongst several others.

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Igbo-Owu 1999 Old Student Alumni Set Celebrate 25th Anniversary



Igbo-Owu 1999 Old Student Alumni Set Celebrate 25th Anniversary

The Old Students Association of Igbo-Owu Secondary School 1999 set (IGBOSSAA) Mushin, Lagos on Sunday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the graduation from the school.

The celebration involving prominent personalities from various professions was held at Standard Hall Hotel in Mushin, Lagos state.

Part of the lineup of activities done during the previous week was the presentation of the public address system to the school, An Award presentation was given to the pupils of the school, as free medical outreach like blood sugar level, and BP Checks among others was organised for the old school students of the school, the teachers and disable at the programme.

In his welcome address, the alumni president, Mr Hakeem Kazeem, commended members and their former teachers for creating time to attend the event.

Kazeem said the programme’s major objective was to promote the school’s development and encourage students graduating from the school to embrace the developmental programme and its milestone achievement.

He said the programme would feature the exchanging of ideas among old students on projects and programmes, showcasing products and networking among members that can be executed to enhance the development of their former school members.

” I want to thank God for his grace upon our lives to witness this special day to gather and celebrate the 25th anniversary of our graduation from Igbo-Owu secondary school.

“The major objective of this programme is for us to brainstorm and interact on how to promote the development of our school for upcoming graduating students to emulate and build on.

” We appreciate all our past and former principals and teachers who came from far and near to honour our invitation.

“‘ Ladies and gentlemen, you are officially welcome and I wish us all happy celebrations,” he said.

In his remarks, one of the former principals of the school, Mr Folorunso Etti thanked the association for inviting him and other former teachers to the event.

Etti appreciated God for giving him and the old students good health and grace to be alive to see each other after many years.

He advised the old students to embrace leadership positions in society to bring positive development to the country.

“I want to advise every one of you to embrace a leadership position in society and promote the development of our country.

“What we impacted unto you is the idea of what you are doing today, so replicate the same to change the narration and history of Nigeria,” he advised.

Some of the highlights of the activities of the association during the week include a football novelty match between the old students and the students, an award presentation to the best students and free medical treatment for school teachers.

Igbo-Owu secondary school, Mushin, Lagos was founded in 1983 and has produced prominent Nigerians who were successful in their chosen careers.

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Lighter Mood: The Neighbour’s White Goat!



*1. The moment I knew Nigeria was in trouble was when someone stole his neighbor’s white goat and dyed it black, only for the neighbor to say he recognized the goat by it’s smile.*


*2. The best strategy to win arguements is to have serious mouth odour, they will just be nodding their head in agreement.*


*3. I don’t like people who can’t let go of the past – especially people I owe money.*


*4. Hmmm ….. When NEPA takes light, a true Nigerian will stand up and check outside, to make sure their neighbors don’t have light too! And you believe, you will make Heaven abi.*


*5. You will buy sachet water and finish it at once. But when you buy bottle water, you will be opening and closing it as if it’s doctor’s prescription.*


*6. At home you can’t sleep without switching off ‘ur small radio but you can sleep in Church with eight speakers blasting in ‘ur ear … it is called Demonic soft work.*


*7. In Africa once your phone rings in the church or mosque, everybody will start looking at you as if Satan is the one calling.* 😄😄😄😄

*8. I still don’t understand how Nigerian Cockroaches survive inside microwave, gas cooker oven, etc. You will be warming food and you will see them walking inside like Shedrack, Meshack & Abednego.* 🙄🙄 *Maybe they also serve a Mighty God.*

*Anybody with an explanation?*😜😜😜

*Please, put a smile 😊🙂😉🙂😘 on someone’s face to calm down tension caused by Political Jobbers and other stress.* 😁😁


Yemisi Owoeye

Ikotun, Lagos

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ADEBAYO SARUMI: Doyen of Maritime Industry Marks 80th Anniversary, Saturday 

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