COMRADE ASIWAJU JACOB OMONIDE FAYEUN

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Chairman, NATA Lagos State Chapter

Comrade Asiwaju Jacob Omonide Fayeun, a lion-hearted political juggernaut who through hard work, honesty of purpose, transparency and filled with the milk of kindness as a share-giver has built cult-like followers among members of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) in Lagos State, Nigeria.

His ascendancy to the helm of affairs of NATA at Ojota Zone began as a drama in which destiny threw him up as the Zonal Chairman, even though he contested for the post of Vice Chairman and won.

But when it was time for the election of the Zonal Chairman; it was conducted thrice same day between Comrade Ifesile (of blessed memory) and Comrade Ayinde Oropo (both of whom share the same workshop), but the result were tallied (thrice); which infuriated the NATA founders present who felt the eventual outcome was fore-latent with danger for any of the two contestants that might be declared the winner later and the zone itself.

As such, the founders nullified the zonal chairman’s election and declared Comrade Fayeun the Zonal Chairman, while his opponent was compensated as his vice.

Comrade Asiwaju Jacob Omonide Fayeun who occupied the post for 10 years has never looked back to serve his association to the best of his capability.

Born in Akure, Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State on June 13th, 1954 Jacob Omonide Fayeun became an orphan at age 4 which led to his change of environment from Akure to Lagos in 1960 where he stayed with one of his uncles who happened to be an automobile repair/maintenance expert.

He attended Seventh Day Adventist (S.D.A.) Primary School, Abule Oja, Yaba, Lagos State where he had his Standard Six Certificate in 1970.

He attended Premier College, Yaba, Lagos State (1973 – 1976) and while schooling, he was also learning the rudiments of vehicle repair/maintenance in his uncle’s workshop on part-time basis after school hours.

However, between 1976 and 1979, he attended Trade Centre, Yaba, Lagos and Dele Industrial Training Centre, Surulere (now Dele College of Technology) from where he obtained Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Labour Trade Test III, II, I and Diploma in Automobile.

He later sat for City & Guild of London’s Examination and passed Part I, II and its final.

Yearning for proper baking; education-wise, Jacob Omonide Fayeun sat for Institute of Engineers and Technicians London’s Examination which he passed and was awarded Diploma and conferred with the title of Eng. T. (CEI) MIE London.

For his spiritual fulfillment and armaments, he attended International Institute of Pastoral Education & Chaplaincy at Faith Bible School, Sango, Ota, Ogun State from where he obtained a Certificate and later a Diploma in Pastoral Education & International Chaplaincy. He was consequently ordained a Pastor.

Jacob Omonide Fayeun was also privileged to attend the under listed courses in the Informal Sector of the Nigerian economy; organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in conjunction with the Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Tourism, Lagos State Government:
i. Training programme on Improving Management and Operations in the Informal Sector:
ii. Training course for OSI Committee of ISOS Members.
iii. Training on occupational First-Aid for ISOS.
iv. Training course on occupational First-Aid for Informal Sector Operational.
v. Training programme on occupational Health’ and Safety Committee for Informal Sector Association.
vi. Advance Management an Operational in Informal Sector.

During his tenure as Chairman, NATA Ojota Unit and Coordinator of NATA, Ikeja Local Government Branch he used his position to attract the U.N.D.P Informal Training Programme that was organised by Lagos State Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Tourism for his LGA and which benefited almost all NATA members within the branch.

His working experiences span his employment at UTC Motors, Yaba, Lagos State, Macron Services Nigeria Limited, Papa Ajao, Mushin, Lagos State (as Transport Manager) and Dar AI Handasah Consultants Share & Partners, Awolowo Road, Ikayi, Lagos State (where he was the Maintenance Manager).

He established his own Automobile Repair Workshop in 1982 at Ojota Mechanics Village, situated along Ibadan-Lagos Expressway, Ojota, Lagos State. He joined Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) the same year.

He served NATA Ojota Zone as Zonal Treasurer for 6 years before becoming the zone’s Chairman for 10 years.

While being the NATA, Ojota Unit Chairman, he single handedly founded and coordinated NATA, Ikeja Local Government Area Branch and was its Acting Chairman for three years.

He used the 2 positions to ably promote good relationship between NATA, Ojota Unit, NATA, Ikeja Local Government Area Branch and NATA Lagos State Chapter as well as the Ikeja Local Government Area office and its personnel.

As testimonies to his prompt payment of the Unit’s dues to the state chapter and uprightness, he was awarded the Best NATA Unit Chairman in Lagos State in 1996 and his unit; Best NATA Unit in Lagos State also in 1996.
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He received an Award & Prize for Excellence as Founding Father of NATA, Ikeja LGA Branch and was conferred with a chieftaincy title of Asiwaju of NATA, Ikeja Local Government Branch.

In Ile-Ife, during one of NATA, National functions, he was also conferred with another chieftaincy title of Akorede of NATA.

Ever since, he has received various chieftaincy titles from his admirers most especially from NATA, LGA/LCDAs and Units members.

An active political player of All Progressive Congress extraction, Comrade Asiwaju Jacob Omonide Fayeun is also an active contributor to the developments of his home town, Akure; socially, financially and morally.

In recognition of his religion contributions however, he was honoured with the title of Baba Alatunse of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Ikota, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Among numerous items on his manifesto when he was contesting for the post of state chairman of NATA, Lagos State Chapter in 2011, he promised to give hope to the less-privileged members of the association if elected. Diligently, he did this by transparently sharing whatever goodies that might have been donated to the association to the members freely as against its sales which was the usual practice before he took over office.

However, he supposed to have come to the end of his first term in office in February 2015, but for the conflicts of interests among members at the national level which spilled over to NATA, Lagos State Chapter and which resulted in the late NATA President, Comrade Michael Ajayi Omonayin to extend his tenure till September, 2017 when he was returned to the same office through popular votes for another term of 4 years..

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