Ex-Speaker Bankole speaks on his life as an artisan

Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole
Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole

A former Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, on Thursday narrated a part of his life hitherto unknown to the public.

The son of a well-known Abeokuta socialite said he served apprenticeship in aluminium production after his university education.

He made the disclosure on Thursday at a public lecture he delivered at Federal College of Education, Abeokuta.

“I became an apprentice in my father’s company after returning from abroad after my university education. I learnt aluminium production. I can say boldly that I know the in and out of aluminium production”.

Mr. Bankole said he took the step to build himself up, in view of the unemployment challenges facing the country, which he said started over 30 years ago and remains unresolved to date.
He called for a restructuring of the nation’s education system to cope with the challenges.

The former Speaker called on administrators of tertiary institutions in the country to improve their admission process.

He also called for greater attention to the training of teachers, as their products become managers of the nation’s human and material resources as politicians, pension managers and lawmakers.

Mr. Bankole frowned on the system whereby the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) set lower cut off marks for admission into teacher training institutions, and urged administrators to re-evaluate the practice.

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  • Okokondem

    About a decade or so ago, Bankole was a young Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, who resigned under a cloud of controversy.

    He disappeared from public view ever since only to reappear this week as some kind of a statesman, delivering lectures to younger kids, touting his foray and adventures as an artisan in aluminum molding or welding or some crap in his youth.

    This is what is wrong with Nigeria — lawmakers entrusted with making legislation, judges and Lawyers who adjudicate our legal cases, ministers and heads of departments and agencies charged with managing these institutions, pseudo clergymen parading as saviors, contractors, oh yes, contractors who never execute on projects for which they have collected money, the list is endless, who for some God forsaken reason are never held accountable despite all the grandstanding by the EFCC and the likes.

    The most troubling part is that Nigerians in fact appear to have some sickening admiration for the people who rob them of their commonwealth, a behavior akin to Stockholm syndrome.

    You should hear the Nigerian press describe these people and their ill-gotten gains in enviable terms, seeming to wish they were in their positions.

    Things like, “his Hilltop Mansion” — without ever stopping to ask themselves how that could ever be possible all things being equal. How does one become a millionaire, or billionaire simply by serving his country in the capacity that he did.

    The person who felt the need to report this inconsequential development about Bankole, in a newspaper some of us have come to associate with a little more serious news about Nigeria than what is obtainable in other newspapers, should have at least put it in perspective by referencing who Bankole is and the circumstances Surrounding his departure from the house of Representatives, and from public life during the period he was absent. That’s how you inform and at the same time respect your readers.

    • The facts

      Get your facts right he did not resign he lost re-election in 2011.

      • TY

        Correct, he lost reelection in 2011.