A NEW BEGINNING
ADDRESS DELIVERED BY PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL INSTITUTE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY ADMNISTRATION, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY OBA (DR.) GBADEBO BAJOWA,JP,FICJ,FCICN AT THE INVESTITURE CEREMONY HELD AT THE LCCI CONFERENCE & EXHIBITON CENTRE ON THURSDAY MARCH 28TH 2018.
Consider it a great honor and privilege to have this rear opportunity to address this August gathering on the occasion of my investiture as the 1st President of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology Administration (ICJCA), the foremost professional body that is all embracing in security issues and its allied, in the African content. Established in 2012 and presently expanding our membership tentacles for chartering in the nearest future, the Institute is the first security professional Institute in Nigeria with core competence in Law enforcement, Probation and Parole, Corrections. Hence, the term Criminal Justice refers to an area of knowledge concerned with understanding and controlling of crime through the Law enforcement agencies, Courts and Correction. It is an interdisciplinary field that drew much upon the knowledge basis of Sociology, Psychology, Law, Public policy and other related disciplines to develop insights into the causes and prevention of criminal behavior.
I wish to formally congratulate all the newly elected members of Council on their making it to the Council after much scrutiny. Your names will surely be written in the sands of time as the pioneer members of council of this unique Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology Administration (ICJCA), you would have proven that you are fit and proper persons to serve on the Council at this time in the Institute’s history.
My profound gratitude equally goes to the founder and Registrar of this noble Institute, Dr. Primus Emenuga, who in his God given wisdom, doggedness and love for this country founded this institute for the betterment of our dear country and her justice system.
I must confess that I feel daunted to be stepping into the big shoes of this unique and noble institute, but at the same time feel encouraged and determined to serve with humility and setting a pace that others will follow, ready to leave a lasting legacy that will be visible for upcoming generation to see. May the Lord help us and bless our efforts.
The institute has come a long way since inception in 2012, as it has continued to work hard to promote and live up to its vision and mission. We are grateful to the founder/ Registrar and his visionary team for keeping this light shining and all members of the institute who have contributed to the growth of the institute, upholding the advancement of the ideals and tenets of criminology to bring ICJCA to where it is today. In our continued pursuit of excellent and justice and in the bid to upgrade the good image and reputation of the institute, we plan to review some aspects of our programme and activities and make needed changes where necessary.
As you might have gleaned from the above paragraphs, I am in love with the professional code of conduct of the institute, crafted by divine inspiration of our founding Hero and which has proven to be relevant to and appropriate for all times. We can indulge our imagination of what a country Nigeria would have been if all those entrusted with the sacred responsibility of justice to our nation had discharge their duties in accordance with ICJCA’s code of conduct. Consequently, we would encourage member of the institute not just to recite the code of conduct as a matter of routine or more formality, but to read or recite it reflectively and adopt it as a personal code of conduct in all their decisions, actions, and thought process, personal and professional. If this is achieved, we would have succeeded in kick-starting the much needed attitudinal and ethical change that will move our nation to a stage of development and well being of our people that reflects nature’s generous and abundant material and human resources endowment.
The Institute has on its register over 500 names within the short period of her existence as members in various categories; this number by His grace will be tripled during my tenor. However, not up to 3% of this number meets their membership obligations. It is the intention of this administration to enforce a law that will put every member on his toes to meet their obligatory duty to enable us meet our desired goals as soon as possible. As we will not relent in meeting the Institute’s Charter dealing with the preparation, maintenance and publication of a Register in accordance with the rules and conditions set by Council. We, therefore, appeal to all members to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Act in relation to their membership and ensure their compliance.
We acknowledge that neither the management nor the principal officers of the Institute can cover all the nooks and crannies of the country in which our members live and work. We will therefore endeavor to strengthen and enlarge our membership tentacles to cut across all the six geo political zones in Nigeria with zonal offices and management staff which constitute its operating arm and its apostles spreading the gospel of Criminal Justice and Criminology Administration.
We would endeavor to improve on the existing justice system in Nigeria by developing and providing good but strategic security administrators and defence initiative in both government and private organizations. In effect the emphasis is on the provision of a board based programme that equips members with necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and aptitude in Criminal Justice Administration and Criminology of the modern society. The relationship between the Institute and the corporate world will be so strong, cordial and mutually beneficial that most of the Institute’s projects and activities will be partly financed by them. In return, the Institute will provide Criminology and Security training/workshop for the individual and Corporate members. We know the importance of such and we will welcome and embrace such collaboration and mutually beneficial relationships. We plan to woo Corporate members and restore them to the Centre of the Institute’s activities and governance.
Top of the agenda in our public advocacy is to sponsor and conduct research into some of the challenges in our Justice System and Criminology administration confronting our country. This will impact greatly in the much talked about corruption bedeviling the country.
In order to achieve these set objectives, the importance of the cooperation, motivation and commitment of the Institute’s management Staff and indeed, of all members of the Institute, cannot be overemphasized. Management and staff have the sole responsibility of implementing the policies and decisions of Council and making the Institute work seamlessly. In this respect, we will encourage, motivate and reward excellence in service while incompetence, dishonesty, fraud, truancy and any other unethical workplace practice would be sanctioned. I urged the members of the staff who have been majorly responsible for the recent successes recorded by the Institute to continue to put the interest of the Institute above all other interests. If we can borrow from Trump’s mantra, all of us members, principal officers and staff must put the ICJCA first.
ICJCA will arguably become the richest organization in Nigeria. This is not in terms of monetary but in terms of members’ transparent display of Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity which stands as her motto. It is in this regard that we call on our members to be more active and participative in the Institute’s activities. Please bring us your suggestions on what we need to do that we are not doing, or what we are doing that can do better. Propose programmes or project you can collaboratively execute with the Institute. And avail your Institute of your knowledge, expertise, and experience when we call upon you for help, as we aim at making the ICJCA the security think thank contributory to the security architecture of the nation.
In keeping with the words and spirit of our national anthem, we must always acknowledge and appreciate the “labor of our heroes’ past”. In this respect, we wound initiate the “ICJCA, we care” programme.
In closing this address, I must acknowledge the contributions and support of members of my family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. In particular, I must express my thanks to my two wives both late and alive, my children, brothers and sisters, my friends and classmates in the various institutions I attended or in which I have worked, for their contributions to my personal and professional development. I must thank many others, my children’s friends, neighbours in church, society members, for the courtesy of their presence at this ceremony. Much more, than ever before, I need your continued support and prayers.
We thank the press for serving as our collaborators in conveying and amplifying our voice in propagating the gospel of improved Justice System and Criminology Administration. We look forward to a deeper relation in developing joint programme and activities aimed at providing solutions to the challenges facing our Security institutions and country.
Once more, I thank all for finding time to be here to witness this day. I humbly ask you to continue supporting the Institute and us with your prayers in the years ahead. As many have travelled considerable distances in order to grace this occasion, it is our prayers that the Lord would grant you travelling mercies are you travel back home.
Thank you all for your time and the courtesy of your attention.
God bless Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology Administration; God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
HRM (DR.) SHADRACK GBADEBO BAJOWA: JP, NCN, FNICN, FICJCA
The life of a man offers many things. Amongst these are the examples or legacies that individual bequeath to his society. Such existence are incomplete when man passes away leaving no impression behind for coming generations to learn from.
Little wonder, John Locke, the late great English Philosopher says that “experience is the bedrock of knowledge” this is to tell us as men that our actions are meant to either influence others or become the negative impression that will last long.
Thus, for men who have been able to write their names in gold, file offer them a place in history. To such men, they leave footprints in the hearts of men. It is only time that can wipe away such footprint in the sand of time. The life of men like Oba Gbadebo Bajowa who gives hope to others, cannot but be celebrated and emulated. From the very traditional town of Igbotako, Osooro he has traversed the globe like a Trojan.
Oba Gbadebo, whose humble background has greatly affected his life-style, is one man many would want to read or write about any day. To say that he is respected amongst many wherever he goes, is to state the obvious. But as nature would have it, his quiet and unassuming but resourceful life-style attracted many achievements.
To paraphrase the iconic William Shakespeare, some are born great; others achieve greatness while some have greatness thrust upon them. For those who achieve greatness, the path to greatness is always laced with hard work, perseverance, dedication, commitment and the grace of God. A great man is therefore an ordinary man with commitment to what he does to achieve extra-ordinary things.
Naturally, oba Gbedebo Bajowa was born great, having been born into a Royal family. In fact circumstances of his birth during the burial ceremony of Oba Danebi at Ubu were enough to prove to doubting Thomases that the young boy was coming to the world for a unique assignment. Oba Danebi was his maternal grandfather. He was therefore named “Gbedebo” meaning the one who brought the crown with him. No wonder then that he is today the Rebuja sand paramount Ruler of Osooro land. Also today without mincing words, the young boy has proven to the world that those names of his,truly impacted his life. By the special grace of God, His Royal majesty, Oba Shadrack Gbadebo Bajowa, Lubokun IV, the Rebuja and Paramount Ruler of Osooro land is one of the few truly great men that we have in Nigeria today.
Life, people often say, is a wonderful place to live in. It is a place full of challenges; a place where your full potentials-physically, intellectually and spiritually must be utilized to survive and to excel. The world is a place where you struggle for position, you struggle for authority and influence and in many cases even struggle for survival. It is true that he was born like any other person, but it is also true that by dint of hard work, dedication and love for humanity he has achieved extra-ordinary things.
Alayeluwa Oba Shadrack Gbadebo Bajowa was born about 70 ages ago into Christian home of Chief Ezekiel Akinmoladun Bajowa and Mrs. Bolatiwa Didunyemi Bajowa both of blessed memory. By divine arrangement, both late parents came from two notable Royal families. His father was born from Lubokun Royal family of Igbotako Osooro in the Okititpupa Local Government area of Ondo State Waterside. Young Gbadebo started his elementary school at St. Stephen Primary School, Igbotako and moved to St. John’s Anglican Primary School Igbotako where he completed his primary Education in 1956. Secondary School Education in those days was free and it was the children of affluent only that can secure few places in the few secondary schools available.
Thus, in search of further Education, Oba Gbadebo Bajowa went to Lagos on the 6th of January 1957. Because he was from a humble background, he couldn’t go to secondary school, but still believe he can see beyond his nose and rise above his level hence he enrolled for an evening tutorial lesson to work toward his GCE exams and thereafter obtained West African Senior Certificate.
After that he worked hard to gather more certificates academically and professionally. And in recognition of these, he was awarded a Doctorate Degree in a literature (Honorary Cause). This opened the door for others as follows.
- Justice of peace award by Ondo State government
- Honorary fellowship award of the Nigeria Society of Philanthropist
- Fellow chartered institute of commerce Nigeria
- Fellow institute of criminal justice and criminology Administration
- President and chairman in council institute of criminal justice and criminology Administration
- Law students Award of excellence by Adekunle Ajasin University AAUA
- Prestigious Honorary Platinum Heritage Gold Award as most celebrated African Traditional Ruler of this age Award 2017
- Meritorious Award by Ikale Students union (NUIKAS)
- Christian Association of Nigeria (Okitipupa Chapter) an award as valuable pillar of love
- Holy cross church of Christ (C&C) Award of Excellence for contributing in church developments e.t.c
- Chancellor Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akako
- Patron Nigeria institute of commerce of Nigeria
- Patron National Union of Nig. Students.
Oba Gbadebo Bajowa started his working career with the CMS bookshop now CSS bookshop. After which he worked in several other organizations and finally called it quits after working under Chief Obafemi Awolowo as his personal Secretary at External Telecommunication Limited (Now NITEL). He worked with the Magna Agencies now United Nigeria Insurance Company, Eagle Star Insurance Co Limited, Langok Kingsons Nigeria limited, Tower Aluminum Nigeria Ikale, intacotra (Lyoyds Dept.) Apapa and Standard Bank Nigeria external Telecommunication limited (Now NITEL); in 1977 he ascended the throne of his fore fathers at 12th Rebuja of Osooro Land.
Some of personal qualities of Oba Bajowa that endeared him to his various employers and the people of Osooro land are; high degree of reliability, sound and balanced judgment, ability to face any situation, courage, transparency, honesty, intelligence, Hard work and total dedication in the pursuit of nobly ideals. At the age of 30, Prince Gbadebo Bajowa succeeded Oba D.I Juba, thus becoming the youngest Rebuja ever to ascend the throne of Osooro. The official coronation ceremony the presentation of staff of office took place on the 26th day of November, 1977.
Today, Osooro is one of the centers of political activities on Ondo state with some of her sons and daughters holding various exalted positions. Therefore Osooro is known as the cradle of political civilizations in ikale land. The Rebuja has contributed to the various political heights attained by Osooro indigenes during his reign.
For a man who has dedicated his life to the service of his people, he is not lacking in accolades, and various organizations and Governments, have acknowledge his contribution through various awards. This is a tribute to a man who is pioneering a silent solution in the development of Osooroland in particular and Ondo state in Nigeria. This is our 70 gun salute 40 years of exemplary leadership, courage, dedication, transparency, honesty, dignity and integrity.
Oba Bajowa is devoted Christian and is happily married with children.