The Double Exterior of Nigeria’s Youngest Inside Minister at 42

The Double Exterior of Nigeria’s Youngest Inside Minister at 42

From somebody who graduated from London Metropolitan College at 24, based his IT agency about then, and acquired hacker’s certification to the discount—anticipate some issues.

And Tunji-Ojo hasn’t let the facet down as he ages and burrows deeper into management.

Trailing him now, at 42, is a string of achievements. They astounded many, and confirmed his bona fides as some administration genius in politics and enterprise. And he’s taking probabilities to get the very best of every world.

Managing his corporations fell to his spouse after he ended his consultancy for the UN, JAMB, and the PTDF by 2019. He then plunged head-first into politics.  The Home of Reps seat (APC-Akoko North, Ondo) grew to become his for the asking. 

He made fairly a mark within the inexperienced chamber even when he didn’t thoughts serving to himself every time he might. Particularly because the NDDC Home Committee chairman.

His return ticket additionally fell in his lap in 2023. Palms down,  Tunji-Ojo received his re-election for a second time period. However President Bola Tinubu snatched him for his cupboard.

The inside ministry had been a useless weight on the presidency and Nigeria for years. The previous parents the previous administrations put there didn’t know Jack about digitizing the core of the ministry—passport issuance. Stacks of uncollected passports totaled 204,000 when Tunji-Ojo got here on. The true enterprise know-how there may be up his alley, positive. He rapidly figured issues out, and hit. Passport processing now lasts two weeks, max, down from three months or years earlier than.

He utilized the same geeky short-cut to the Nationwide Id Administration downside. Now Nigerians can do all the pieces of their pajamas—apart from biometrics.

Tunji Ojo rapidly grew to become the face of Tinubu’s administration inside six months.  And when the time got here for the presidency to smash that very face, many rose up within the minister’s defence. His collaborator, one other fairly face Humanitarian Affairs Minister Beta Edu, took the hit—for awarding a N438-million contract to Tunji Ojo’s agency. He denied holding any place within the New Planet Venture since he acquired into the Home. 

“To the very best of my data, the general public service rule doesn’t prohibit public officers from being shareholders,” he informed Channels.

It simply has at all times occurred to him like that. 

He as soon as steamrolled the Home committee he chaired to probe the NDDC for corruption. An enormous sleaze that swamped each side would later seep out. The committee and the then-Niger Delta Minister Godswill Akpabio finally had a slanging match that exposed so much. Tunji-Ojo had at a while dipped his hand within the cookie jar, too—via his firm once more. Akpabio popped this in a stay broadcast of the probe. Among the NDDC officers even requested Tunji-Ojo to step down from the probe—or they walked out. He needed to—to save lots of face.

No matter that face radiates—youth, appeal, innocence—has change into what individuals use to evaluate him. And he’s acquired loads of favorable eyeballs: the Kwame Nkrumah African Management Award; the Ahmadu Bello Platinum Management Award of Excellence; and others. 

On the appropriate facet of fifty, with years forward of him, Tunji-Ojo plies his youth more durable now. No matter assertion he makes with the efforts might pack extra endurance.  And plenty of will see in him what they prefer to see—even along with his masks on.

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