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Eid-el-Maulud: Makinde felicitates Muslims, calls for more prayers, support
Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has called on the Muslim Ummah in Oyo State to continue to pray for the leadership of the country and the state.
The governor made this call on Tuesday, while congratulating Muslims in the state and across the country on the occasion of the 2023 Eid-el-Maulud, the festival commemorating the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Governor Makinde, who charged the Muslim Ummah to use the blessedness of the occasion to seek the face of Allah for the country and Oyo State, commended them for their support for his administration.
He said: “I congratulate my brothers and sisters in Islam on witnessing the 12th of Rabi’ al-Awwal, the blessed day in which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was born.
“This is another opportunity for us to reflect on the majesty of Allah and the favour He bestowed on Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) among all his prophets and to use the blessings of the period to make supplications for our country and our state.
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“As an administration, we value the support and prayers of the Muslim Ummah in Oyo State and we have continued to see the results of their prayers.
“As we move on in our efforts to develop our state sustainably, we will continue to need the prayers and support and we will never take them for granted.
“Eid Mubarak to everyone.”
Chief Press Secretary to Oyo State Governor
September 26, 2023.
The Minister of Interior, Tunji Olubunmi-Ojo, and the Minister of State for Education, Tanko Sununu, have officially resigned from the House of Representatives.
Their letters of resignation were read on the floor of the House on Tuesday by Speaker Tajudeen Abbas.
Messrs Olubunmi-Ojo and Sununu were appointed by President Bola Tinubu and cleared by the Senate in August, however, the House had been on recess since July.
While Mr Olubunmi-Ojo represented the Akoko North-east/Akoko North-west federal constituency of Ondo State, Mr Sununu was the representative of the Yauri/Shanga/Ngaski federal constituency of Kebbi State in the lower chamber.
Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution provides that a member shall cease to be a member if appointed as minister.
“(1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if -he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser,” the section reads.
New member sworn-in
Meanwhile, Salisu Majigiri (PDP, Katsina) was sworn in as a member of the House at the resumption of plenary.
Mr Majigiri was declared the winner of the 25 February election for Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency of Katsina State after polling 27,387 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mansir Ali of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 20,596 votes.
However, his candidacy was challenged by Nazifi Yusuf at the Supreme Court, which In April, affirmed the candidacy of Mr Majigiri.
OYO GOVT COLLABORATES WITH FREEE RECYCLE LTD ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING,EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR WOMEN
The Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Inclusion Hon( Mrs) Toyin Balogun engaged in a strategy session with Mrs Ifedolapo Runsewe,MD COO of FREEE Recycle Limited,a company which commenced as a startup few years ago, which she has been able to upscale its capacity beyond recycling used rubber tyres into useful item’s through her recent acquisition of State of the Art equipment to include the extraction of the metal component of tyres which are then converted into more useful items
I stumbled on this gem/documentary about a month ago and two things piqued my interest:
1. This is a young woman who rather than put her femininity to the fore like many are wont to do,,has taken her fate in her hands by forging an uncharted course, standing up to be counted,to excel in a tough and challenging field like sustainable/responsible manufacturing
2.Realization that her journey/trajectory can be harnessed to motivate our women on the results of tenacity of purpose and determination to excel,I tracked her down and from our engagement today in my office; several beautiful initiatives and collaborations between the Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Inclusion and her company for the benefit of our women and society at large are being incubated : Seminars,Vocational training,CSR initiatives are all being thrown in the mix.
Meet Ifedolapo Runsewe CEO of FREEE Recycle Limited; Entrepreneur par excellence
Mrs Toyin BALOGUN
COMMISSIONER FOR WOMEN AFFAIRS & SOCIAL INCLUSION
Birthday: Makinde’s Ally, Hon Rita Orji Clocks Another Year in Grandstyle
An ally of Governor Seyi Makinde, Hon. (Barr) Rita Orji, renowned for her committed service to humanity and during her tenure as a member of Federal House of representatives representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun, marks another year of life with a quiet reflection, emphasizing her commitment to God, development of Nigeria and humanity in general.
Her dedication to her constituency earned her the enduring support and admiration of the local population.
Barr Rita Orji’s loyalty and dedication extend beyond her constituency. She is an international woman of substance who is widely recognized as a staunch supporter of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
Her commitment to Governor Makinde’s vision for a better and more prosperous state and Nigeria is evident in her charismatic and systemic approach to issues of national discourse
In addition to her political achievements, Hon Rita is a prominent Barrister, known for her legal prowess and advocacy for justice.
Her philanthropic activities have touched the lives of many, her kindness and generosity have earned her a special place in the hearts of those she has helped nationwide.
On her birthday today, Barr Rita Orji chooses to use the moment to reflect on her journey of public service and to express her continued dedication to God Almighty and service to humanity which is known for.
It is a day of quiet celebration and reaffirmation of her commitment to the betterment of her community and Nigeria as a whole.
As Makinde’s ally, Barr Rita Orji’s message remains unequivocal: her unwavering support for Governor Seyi Makinde and her commitment to public service are steadfast and resolute, and she looks forward to continuing her contributions to the betterment of her society.
“She is one in a million, a master strategist, a politician of note and of high repute, a virtuous woman and Godly mother for her family and the motherless. Hope for the hopeless, an entrepreneur and international business mogul.”
UNGA 2023: Governor Makinde and International Relationships, a Potential Economic Advancement for Oyo State
By Tolu Adewusi, a member of GSM Advocates
Let’s first talk about how beyond party affiliations, the Oyo State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde has made progressive and productive relationships across board. Progressive and productive because looking through the network of people he relates with in the political sphere, one could easily deduce if without sentiments, that they are relationships built on values, nation building, and intentional leadership.
The one with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, though laced with several controversies, speculations and labeling, can also be easily classified objectively by the fruits it is bearing.
However, the subject of today is merely one of the by-products of that Governor-President relationship, as the Governor of the Pacesetter State was listed in attendance with the President at the ongoing prestigious United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) at the United Nations headqarters in New York, being the Governor’s second time in just two months to be listed with the President’s entourage to a foreign assignment.
The 78th session of the UNGA which has Governor Seyi Makinde amongst 5 other Governors from Nigeria in attendance, was tagged “Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards Peace, Prosperity, Progress and Sustainability for all”.
The United Nations General Assembly is the main policy making organ of the United Nations; it is where and when action plans for member nations in the world are proposed and set in motion. It is where and when major world issues are deliberated and resolved. It is the meeting of world leaders. It is a network of global policy makers.
Aside from the distinct access that will grant Governor Seyi Makinde first hand information that will be available at the Assembly, his participation as a global leader, and the saturation of the venue with international leadership qualities; his antecedence in attracting investors to Oyo State through similar meetings which are even no where near to be compared in status to the UNGA, can assure the good people of Oyo State of a potential economic advancement that will be borne of the Assembly.
Apparently, the Governor has been more than resilient in his journey of improving himself in the business of governance. Making leadership summits a priority, making himself available for such summits, and placing values at the center of his relationships can only define him as an intentional leader and nation builder worthy of emulation by leaders and leaders.
e dead of the night on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, Governor Seyi Makinde was on the streets of Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State, to have first-hand information about the state of readiness of public schools ahead of resumption of students for the new academic session.
The Governor, who was accompanied by some commissioners and aides, was miffed by some of his findings and did not mince words in expressing his discontent. In some of the schools inspected, shops and stalls were erected into the perimeter fences. It was obvious that the situation in those schools would vitiate the teaching-learning process, thus leaving the pupils shortchanged and the state robbed of optimal value for its investment in education.
Speaking during the inspection, Governor Makinde said, “In some of the schools, the entrance is almost blocked by people who have their shops very close to the entrance of the school, which is not conducive to learning. So, we have gone round and what we are saying is that if you have anything attached to the fence of a school, you must remove it.
“We are going to give them about a week to remove those things. They should clear them so that when our children come back to school, we will know they are coming into an environment conducive to learning.”
The Governor then charged those in charge of managing the schools to ensure the removal of every obstacle to learning. He continued, “We have a responsibility to provide a conducive environment for our pupils. We cannot afford to fail in the discharge of this responsibility, because it is about the future of these children, the future of our state and the future of the country at large. The key to a better future for our society is sound education for our children.”
When some of the affected shop owners failed to remove their shops after the expiration of the deadline, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources moved in to pull down the shops and stalls ahead of school resumption last Monday to ensure that the school environment was such that it would facilitate learning.
Makinde is passionate about education, because he knows that it is the superstructure on which the whole of the society rests. The Governor sees education as the light that dispels ignorance and enables the people to take charge of their lives. He believes that education gives people the power to make informed decisions, which is pivotal to leading a meaningful life.
Makinde sees education as the force that unleashes the potential of individuals and positions them to take advantage of opportunities around them. He is of the persuasion that education spurs creativity and promotes innovation, both of which improve the quality of life. He considers education as the force with the capability to transform a person’s attitude, broaden his horizon and help him to appreciate the value in others.
Therefore, for Makinde, one of the best things a leader can do for his people, especially the young ones, is to provide them with unfettered access to education. Consequently, he is determined to go the extra mile, sparing no cost, to ensure that no child in Oyo State is denied access to quality education irrespective of the status or station of the parents. He demonstrated this right from his first day in office as governor.
In his first pronouncement shortly after taking the oath of office on May 29, 2019, Governor Makinde abrogated the payment of N3,000 fee per child, thus making education at both the primary and secondary levels free in the state. That pronouncement has seen over 60,000 out-of-school children in the state return to school. He followed this up with an upward review of the 2019 budgetary allocation to education from 3 per cent to 10 per cent even when the whole budget, which he had inherited from the previous administration, was reviewed downwards.
The Governor then made a promise that he would endeavour to meet the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommendation of voting between 15 and 20 per cent of budget to education. Makinde has lived up to this promise by raising the budgetary provision for education to N47billion (22.3 per cent) in 2020, N56.3billion (21 per cent) in 2021, N54.1billion (18.37 per cent) in 2022 and N58.2billion (18.78 per cent) in 2023.
To improve education delivery at both the primary and secondary school levels in the state, the Seyi Makinde administration has completed over 200 projects, including the construction of eight model schools, the construction of 51 classrooms with toilets, the renovation of 88 classroom blocks, the installation of 36 boreholes and the construction of perimeter fences in seven schools. The administration employed 5,000 teachers in one fell swoop; recruited 692 Education Officers who were deployed in the 33 local government areas of the state and supplied both textbooks and notebooks to schools.
But despite the huge investment in primary and secondary education, the Governor does not believe that what has been accomplished is the ultimate. Recently at the Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on the 2024 Budget, Makinde noted that over the past four years the state had expended about N10billion on SUBEB. He added that an audit exercise carried out by the government revealed that the state would require close to N46 billion to fix its schools.
The Governor said, “We are looking at solutions, but one thing that I will ask the Commissioner for Education to push for in the 2024 budget is extra money over and above what we can get from the SUBEB/UBEC effort. To bridge this gap, we need to spend at least N12bn every year, and let us see how far we can go so that we can start fixing those schools.”
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Makinde never stops pushing the envelope to make a good situation better.
However, the Governor’s focus has not been only on primary and secondary schools, as he has also improved the lot of all the tertiary institutions in the state. One of the major things that Governor Makinde did to steady the shaky state-owned institutions was the payment of the bulk of inherited salary arrears. The Seyi Makinde administration has paid N6.8billion out of the inherited N8.6billion salary arrears for the tertiary institutions.
Governor Makinde has also been supportive of Oyo State students in the Law School by providing them with N500,000 bursary awards since 2019. Similarly, the government has been awarding full scholarships to students from each of the 33 local government areas in the state to study at the Abiola Ajimobi Technical University, Ibadan. In the same vein, 136 students across the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs were awarded scholarships at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Eleyele, Ibadan, in January 2022.
The Governor has also demonstrated commitment to the improvement of facilities in state-owned tertiary institutions. In 2020, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, received N100 million for capital projects. This was followed up with the construction of a N458 million office complex for lecturers in 2021. The Oke Ogun Polytechnic was provided with a central laboratory complex, while the Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa got a 250-capacity lecture theatre.
In November 2020, the National Universities Commission (NUC) ceded the sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, to Oyo State Government. This followed a Memorandum of Understanding by Oyo and Osun State Governments to dissolve the joint ownership of the university, which was founded in 1991. That decision marked a turning point in the history of the university because after years of retarded growth, LAUTECH has come into its own and recently emerged as the best state university in the country.
Propelled by the vision to keep pushing the envelope, Governor Makinde decided to turn the university into a multi-campus institution and built from the scratch a College of Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources in Iseyin, Oke Ogun axis of the state. The Governor said siting the campus in Oke Ogun, which is the food basket of the state, was borne out of the desire to avail the farmers of the research findings of the college so that their output can be better. The College, which was inaugurated recently, is benchmarked against the best universities of agriculture in the world.
Rather than engage in chest thumping after the feat of securing LAUTECH for Oyo State, Governor Makinde again pushed the envelope. In December 2022, he got the approval of the NUC for the conversion of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education to a university. So, within just four years, Governor Makinde increased the number of Oyo State-owned universities, as he usually puts it, “from one and a half to three.”
Already, going by what he has done to improve the state of education in the state, Governor Makinde has etched himself in the hearts of the people of Oyo State and has earned himself a very conspicuous place in the annals of the state. But he is neither letting up nor slowing down. For him, there are still heights to scale and records to break. So, for this Governor with uncommon passion for education, pushing the envelope is a continuous exercise.
Olanrewaju is the Chief Press Secretary to Oyo State Governor.
OUR KINGMAKERS SHOULD PUT THE LOVE OF THEIR TOWNS ABOVE AMASSING FILTHY RICHES
The late Ajagbusi-Ekun, Owaloko of Iloko-Ijesha, Ọbá Oladele Olashore once advised me during his lifetime to write a compendium about Ọbás and Ọbáship in Yorùbáland. This was after we have interacted consistently on this subject and he discovered I knew so much about the Institution of Ọbás because of my craft and my principled position when it comes to saying the ‘TRUTH’ as it is.
I was in Iseyin together with members of The GSMists when our Governor, GSM said that the throne of the Aláàfin of Òyó was not for sale because apart from being the repository of the culture of the Yorùbá race, the stool is very important to the entire Yorùbáland.
He said this to break the ice, particularly because the custodians of the ascension process have compromised and turned it into a commercial selection process courting the highest bidder in the form of ‘Trade by Barter.’
The current battle to fill several prominent traditional stools in Yorùbáland is also contending with the indisputable age long custom that “the head that wears a crown comes from the brass bell; the neck that wears coral beads also comes from the brass bell and likewise the waist that wraps a good garment that shines comes also from the brass bell.” All these assertions are a pointer to the Yorùbá customary belief about Ọbáship.
Yorùbás believe that no one becomes an Ọbá by mistake. Kings are destined to be Kings and there are always traits from birth, though this belief is based on the principles of truth and fairness.
However, there is always a boundary and a point caution: non-royals should know themselves as non-royals (ki eru o se bi eru, ki iwofa se bi iwofa). After a King joins his ancestors in Yorùbá land, it is the natural responsibility of the Kingmakers to consult with Elders within the town and the Ifa Oracle on who becomes the next King.
It is interesting to know that no matter the strife between culture and civilisation, culture will always triumph, for even if modernity chooses screening, competition, debate, interview or even manifesto and voting, it will always generate controversy except the traditional laid down process of picking an Ọbá through the ‘Ifa Oracle’ is not subverted . This is because the matter is to pick a TRADITIONAL ruler (who will preserve culture and traditions) and not MODERNIZED RULER.
Hon Yomi Olajide
Oyo Iyaloja General: Princess Abeo Meets Iyaloja Ibadanland In London, Identify Traders Challenges For Lasting Solutions
Princess Azeezat Folashade Abeo, the Iyaloja-General of Oyo State, and Alhaja Riswat Oyinlola Adeola Ameringun, the Iyaloja of Ibadanland, met on Saturday to discuss long-term solutions to the challenges that traders are currently experiencing, particularly those caused by the camp of saboteurs.
Princess Nurudeen, who maintained that the meeting is being held to deliberately put an end to all sorts of quarrelling in the state, noted that she is so much concerned about the welfare of traders and to address the problems they are facing in the state.
The Iyaloja General of Oyo State, who had been in the UK since last week to congratulate his son on the occasion of his graduation ceremony, thanked the Iyaloja Ibadan land, traditional councils, traders, and other well-wishers for their love and support since her installation and promised that the status quo on all factors that gave rise to her nomination, recommendation, and installation as the new Iyaloja General of Oyo State would be maintained.
She reaffirms her unwavering commitment and dedication to the Governor Makinde led government towards revolutionizing commerce and trade in Oyo state.
Recall that the Late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, at an event witnessed by members of Oyo State Traditional Council of Obas including the Aseyin of Iseyinland, Olugbon Of Ile Igbon, Iba Of Kishi and other stakeholders had installed Princess Abeo as the New Iyaloja General of Oyo state after completing all necessary process that should culminate into final presentation of Certificate of Office to her by the state government as a symbol of authority.
Due to the delay, saboteurs’ camp have been usurping her authority and parading their candidate as the legitimate Iyaloja General of Oyo state.
Following the development, the Oyo state Leaders Council of Secretaries on Saturday appealed to His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde to formally present the Certificate of Office to Princess Azeezat Folashade Abeo, the Oyo state’s Iyaloja-General, in order to put an end to all squabbles and prevent crises.
According to the Leaders Council of Secretaries comprising eight out of the 12 clusters that made up the Council, Princess Abeo’s installation as the Iyaloja-General of Oyo state followed due process and was widely accepted and endorsed by consenting stakeholders.
The group in a statement made available to journalists wondering why presentation of her Certificate of Office was being delayed leaving room for needless crisis and avoidable controversies.
The Leaders Council of Secretaries stated that prior to the emergence of the Babaloja-General and Iyaloja-General of the state of Oyo, the two offices and other smaller offices within its leadership were properly zoned to other administrative zones to reflect inclusivity and cohesion of purpose, highlighting the fact that the delay in the presentation of the Princess Abeo’s Certificate of Office gave rise to the lingering controversy.
To ensure an equitable distribution of its offices, the Leaders Council of Secretaries added that while the office of Babaloja-General, currently held by Alhaji Y. K. Abass, was zoned to Ibadan, that of Iyaloja-General was zoned to Oyo, the hometown of Princess Abeo.
They questioned why another person from Ibadan would continue to purposefully sow discord and crisis within the state market.
The Leaders Council of Secretaries also recalled that, in accordance with the current zoning formula to promote equity, fairness, and justice, the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamido Adeyemi III, appointed Princess Abeo as the Iyaloja-General of Oyo state on April 26, 2021, following the Oyo state Market Leaders Council’s recommendation.
The Leaders Council of Secretaries stated that it would continue to work with the state government to further develop Oyo state’s economy, commerce, and industries in line with the governor’s Sustainable Development Agenda while pleading with Governor Makinde to approve the presentation of a Certificate of Office to Princess Abeo.
Video: Oyo Commissioner For Women’s Affairs & Social Inclusion, Hon Toyin Balogun Honours With Nigerian Legion Award
Oyo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Hon (Mrs) Toyin Balogun has been honoured with an award from the Nigerian Legion. Eaglessightnews reports.
The award which was bestowed to the commissioner as contained in a statement disclosed to journalists , a copy made available to eaglessightnews.com.ng Friday was presented by the Oyo State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion to recognize and appreciate her as an Excellence and Outstanding Personality in the country.
The full statement reads:
“Courtesy visit returned to the State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion who had visited the office of the Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Inclusion; Hon Mrs Toyin Balogun a couple of weeks ago.
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“This visit was to appreciate our men
and women retired from active service but still contributed meaningfully to society through the rendition of security services over the lives and property of citizens.
“The State Chairman Mr. Ogunkojo seized the opportunity to discuss preparations towards the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, he also highlighted challenges faced by his men, which the Hon Commissioner promised to relay for His Excellency’s intervention.
BLAME AJIMOBI NOT MAKINDE FOR THE EXTINCTION OF TRANS AMUSEMENT PARK, ADEKUNLE AJIBOLA, FORMER OPERATIONS MANAGER
I read with gloom the news about the extinction of that spectacular, expansive recreation centre in the city of Ibadan, Trans Amusement Park, one of the tourist sites that defined Ibadan for decades. I was really shocked that the place that I had worked both as a management staff of a private company operating in the park and as the Operations Manager of Trans Amusement Park itself, is now being converted to a residential estate. It was not the news I wanted to hear about Trans.
At first, I did not believe it, wondering why a progressive governor like Engineer Seyi Makinde would take such a decision. Why the much loved governor would want to deprive the youths, the old and all categories of people that have been utilizing the park for years. Why would our successful governor kill a tourist site that could be used to further the growth of tourism and business in Oyo State and Nigeria? Why?
However, when I read the release put out by the state government stating the reasons for the death of Trans Amusement Park, I became more saddened.
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The government in the release claimed that all the efforts to get investors to take over the park were futile as no serious investor came up to invest in the park. And I asked myself, why any serious investor would want to partner with Oyo State Government particularly considering the viciousness the state had been visited on such investors in the past. With tears rolling down my cheeks, I remembered how a late governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi had used soldiers and policemen to throw us out of Lyrics Nite Club situated right inside the park for no other reason than political victimization in the most callous manner.
As the General Manager of Lyrics Nite Club, the outfit that resuscitated Trans Amusement Park after years of inactivity in 2000, what I witnessed on November 13, 2011 when the government of the late Senator Abiola Ajimobi in a clear case of oppression, victimization and height of wickedness sent soldiers to our club at about 8 in the night just to victimize the owners of the club who was not in the same party with him. At first, when we saw heavily armed policemen and soldiers we thought it was a case of armed robbery and everybody including over 200 guests we had in the club took to their heels. As the GM I later summoned courage and I unquestioningly sought the attention of one of the police officers, who said they were sent from the state government. They gave us 5 minutes to move out of the premises. To move out of Trans we had been growing for eleven years in 5 minutes. What could we take when our perishable and drinks for the weekend alone, were over 2 million Naira in just 5 minutes? In less than five minutes, they started shooting and we had no choice than to run out of the place leaving our materials and equipment in ruins.
Sadly, this happened when the state government did not have any legal authority on the park after the government of the late Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala that preceded Ajimobi’s government had concessioned the entire part to HAMAK Group of Companies.
Even, if Ajimobi had noticed any flaw or irregularities in the government’s transactions between the government and HAMAK, it ought to have followed due process, invited HAMAK and sort them out. But, rather than doing that, Ajimobi in the crudest manner sent armed men to chase us out of Lyrics after we had just expended millions of Naira up-scaling the club. No notice, no letter, no invite. In fact the managers of the park were not in any way informed of the cruel actions of the governor. They were all shell shocked when I narrated what transpired in the previous night to them. Without knowing that a thing like this would happen in future, one of the managers lamented” this governor has killed Trans”.
Realizing the contributions of Lyrics to Trans with our national and international activities which rubbed off on them in terms of patronage and publicity, the management of Trans Amusement Park on their own came to beg me later to work for the park, an offer I accepted after the approval of the Chairman of Lyrics, the kind hearted, benevolent and forward looking Agabaakin Kehinde Olaosebikan. This was after all the appeals to the governor on Lyrics had fallen on the deaf ears of Ajimobi.
It is on record that Trans Amusement Park thrived why Lyrics operated within the park and the first ever profit recorded in the over 20 years of existence of Trans was in 2011 in the first year of operations of Lyrics in the park. Established to facilitate social-economic development of the state, Lyrics satisfactorily played this role in the 11 years of its operation in the park before it was cruelly killed as a result of political hostility of Abiola Ajimobi.
Governor Akala, undoubtedly one of the best governors in the history of Oyo State, saw the right thing to do with the park and in line with the trending business model, following the global best practices, concessioned the park to HAMAK after payment of the prescribed sum
Unfortunately again, after the callous treatment meted to the investors on the Trans Amusement Park, Abiola Ajimobi did nothing about the park in his 8 years of rule. No policy improvement, no government support, nothing. He practically left the place to die.
As a former Operations Manager of the Park, I align totally with the government on its new usage for the expanse of land on all grounds stated by the government.
First, if Governor Ajimobi had added just a little positive value to the park just like his predecessors: Late Alhaji Lam Adesina, Senator Rasheed Ladoja and Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala did, the equipment and facilities at the Park would have been updated and enhancing them now would be feasible. Secondly, if Ajimobi had not visited outright callousness on former investors and genuine promoters of Trans Wonderland, people would not be running away from investing in it as it has played out now. Government is continuum and if Ajimobi had seen it to be like that, there wouldn’t be any issue surrounding Trans Amusement Park today. It is a lesson for our leaders of today and those willing to lead
In virtually all aspects of Governance, Governor Seyi Makinde has proved to be an excellent governor and a pragmatic leader that would not only do things for the betterment of the people and the state but a leader ready to take Oyo State to where it ought to be.
Former General Manager, Lyrics Nite-Club
Former Manager, Operations, Trans Amusement Park
The Oyo State Government on Saturday, said it is set to regulate the activities of Real Estate Developers in the state, which is part of the second term agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Williams Akin Funmilayo stated this in a meeting with Real Estate Developers held at Secretariat, Ibadan.
He stated that, the development is part of efforts to guard against bad eggs among the developers, adding that one of the components of the present administration, is to ensure the urbanization of the state.
He added that the Oyo State Government has been duly informed by several innocent victims, who have been duped by the bad eggs, among the developers.
Mr. Akin-Funmilayo stressed that, the Oyo State Government is taking the bull by the horn, by registering practitioners, and not letting dubious real estate developers take advantage of its people.
“They cannot be operating in the state without knowing them as a custodian of land in the state, which will equally protect their interest”.
He said, “it is essential for government to know who is who in real estate business in the state, we should work hand in hand to achieve same purpose with Govenor Seyi Makinde’s Agenda”.
“To protect the interest of innocent investors in the state, we have come up with modalities to accredit all real estate developers in the state, in other to have a robust relationship and curb excess of those that have polluted the industry”.
“To this end, they will know where we have designated for housing development not all land in the state are meant to be developed for housing estate, we will provide them with the government land information that is needed to be developed even outside Ibadan”.
“with this our people in the state cannot be duped and if they have a land to be develop into an housing estate they will apply to the state government and they will be profile properly. This will give our people in the diaspora an hope to come home and invest in the state”, he said.
In his remarks, one of the Real Estate Developers, and representative of Ark View Investment Limited, Peter Olutoyese applauded the laudable initiative.
He said, the advantage of free entry has been abused and the industry has been polluted, adding that the regulation will limit the pollution and it will also give credible developers more chance to thrive.
Pacesetter Transport Services: Another Facet of Seyi Makinde’s Benevolence
Transportation is a crucial factor in any economy. Without the efficient movement of goods and services, an economy can be grounded to a halt, leading to a collapse of infrastructure and services.
Transportation serves as the backbone of both National and Local Development. This became glaringly evident during the 2020 global epidemic, the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused numerous businesses to collapse and led to suffering and loss of lives due to hunger and sickness. In essence, transportation is life itself and a means to lively tourism.
Recognizing the pivotal role that transportation plays in our society, the media has shown great interest in the activities of Oyo State Pacesetter Transport Services (PTS), led by its dynamic and energetic Chairman/Sole Administrator Honorable (Dr.) Ibraheem Oladeji Salami DIKKO.
Reputable media outlets have sought to gain firsthand insight into the transportation agenda that PTS is spearheading for the people of Oyo State. In recent times, Honorable DIKKO had granted numerous interviews, shedding more light on Gov Makinde’s SAfER Program for this critical sector of the economy. He has effectively communicated the initiatives and measures put in place by the government to mitigate the effects of Fuel subsidy removal and alleviate the hardships it may have imposed on the masses.
During his latest interview on the popular Yoruba program “Agbami Oselu” with ace Fresh FM presenter Alhaji Abolade Salami, his name sake, Hon. DIKKO comprehensively explained the Oyo State government’s strategy to alleviate the suffering of the less privilege in the state.
He highlighted the expansion of PTS Omituntun Mass Transit Services on major routes in the state, increasing the fleet from (5) five buses to approximately (57) fifty-seven buses, at least 32 buses within Ibadan, 10 buses plying other zones for inter city movement namely: Ogbomosho, Oyo, Saki, Iseyin and Ibarapa ( Eruwa and Igboora), and another 6 buses stationed outside Ibadan to help commuters movement within those zones.
He also outlined the efforts underway to reposition PTS, with the approval of the state Governor, Engr. Dsc. GSSRS KJW Abiodun Seyi Makinde FNSE.
Furthermore, he elaborated on reduced ticket prices for students.
This particular initiative has garnered praises from both supporters and critics, affirming Governor Makinde as a leader who champions the welfare of his people first.
In Oyo State, as in many other government departments and agencies, all policies revolve around one central question: How will this policy or action benefit the people of Oyo State?
Honorable Dikko, during the interview, has effectively portrayed Governor Seyi Makinde as a leader who cares deeply for the well-being of the masses and highly dedicated to assisting the less privilege. While profit remains a primary objective for any business establishment, GSM, through PTS, has once again demonstrated his commitment to aiding the people of Oyo State, especially in the transportation sector.
Based on Honorable Dikko’s words during the interview, it is evident that better days are on the horizon for the good people of Oyo State in the realm of transportation through Gov. Makinde’s Sustainable Action For Economic Recovery Plans.
PHOTONEWS: Excitement as Son of Iyaloja General of Oyo state graduates from UK varsity
….Folashade Abeo, family celebrate in London
“Go and Excel in the world son, the world is coming better with you in it in Insha Allah”, was part of the remarks made by the Iyaloja General of Oyo state, Princess Azeezat Folashade Abeo Nurudeen, as her son, Muhammad-Yaseer Olatomilayo Nurudeen, graduated from University of Roehampton, London, formerly Roehampton Institute of Higher Education, in the United Kingdom.
The kind of smile she wore, the screaming she gave and the feelings she had upon hearing that her son’s name, who had just graduated with honours from the department of Business management and Finance on Wednesday, was being called for certification, were so stunning and imaginable.
The ceremony was also attended by her family members including her husband and daughter who were seen in a Yoruba outfits oozing great style and splendor.
Excited by development, the Iyaloja General of Oyo state, Folashade Abeo expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for his favor and blessings bestowed upon her family till this moment.
She commended her son for the remarkable achievement, describing him as a leader, and urged him to succeed in the outside world because with him, the world would get better.
she said: “How more do I appreciate the Almighty Allah than to say Alhamidulillah.
“Muhammad-Yaseer Olatomilayo Nurudeen, you are a leader indeed, Ma Sha Allah. Go and excel in the world son. The world is coming better with you in it In sha Allah.
“This is the most amazing time. A leader is born. Alhamdulillah Robil Alameen. What’s more of an achievement more than today, Ya Allah, we are grateful.
“As parent, we’ve paid our dues. We will forever be grateful to Allah.”
Just In:Protesters Storm Ibadan,Demand Justice For Mohbad
In a recent update, eaglessightnews. has confirmed that protesters on Wednesday converged at the Oyo State Secretariat, demanding justice for the late Nigerian artist, Mohbad.
EAGLESSIGHTNEWS recalls that following the death of the young artist, Mohbad, there have been some allegations of his involvement in a deadly dispute with Naira Marley’s gang and Mallian Record label.
The suspicious death of Mohbad ,age 27 have ignited widespread outrage, resulting in three consecutive days of protests across Nigeria.
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Sighting from a report credited to Populistsnews, the protesters, numbering in the hundreds, presented a united front, displaying Mohbad’s pictures and posters while passionately chanting for justice. Their resounding cry echoed through the streets: “We demand justice for Mohbad.”
The uproar was sparked by reports of Mohbad’s alleged murder at the hands of members of Naira Marley’s gang and Mallian Record, sending shockwaves throughout the nation’s music industry. As news of the incident spread, Nigerians from all walks of life expressed their outrage, calling for swift action and accountability.
Today marks the third day of sustained protests, underscoring the determination of the Nigerian people to seek justice for the fallen artist. Their fervor remains unwavering, and they are resolute in their call for answers and accountability.
In a remarkable development, the Speaker of Oyo State, Rt. Hon Adebo Ogundoyin while en route to his office, encountered the protesters and, moved by their cause, joined them in their march to the Secretariat. Once inside the Secretariat premises, he took the opportunity to address the demonstrators, acknowledging their concerns and promising that the government would take the matter seriously.
The protesters have also escalated their demand for authorities to hold Naira Marley, a prominent figure in the music industry, accountable if he is indeed connected to the alleged crime. Their plea for transparency and a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death resonates with many who believe that no one, regardless of their celebrity status, should be immune to the law.
As the protests continue to gain momentum, the nation anxiously awaits a resolution to this distressing and tragic incident. The calls for justice for Mohbad reverberate throughout Nigeria, reflecting the public’s steadfast commitment to upholding principles of justice and accountability.
SAfER: Oyo rolls out N500m loan for traders, small business owners
Oyo State Government has concluded plans to empower traders, artisans and other small business owners with N500m as part of efforts to mitigate the effects of subsidy removal on the residents of the State.
The N500million loan is a component of the Sustainable Actions for Economic Recovery (SAfER) initiated by Governor Seyi Makinde, FNSE in the wake of fuel subsidy removal and the floating of the exchange rate, which resulted in a steep rise in prices of commodities. This is with a view to stabilizing the people and boost the economy.
The SME loan support which comes at a single-digit interest rate and with a flexible repayment plan is for all categories of micro and small-scale business owners. Interested small and micro-businesses in the State should pick up the form for free in designated Microfinance banks in each of the seven geo-political zones in the state.
The Microfinance banks are:
1. Full range Microfinance Bank, Old Zenith Bank Building, Iwo Road, Ibadan.
2. Isale Oyo Microfinance Bank, Oyo town.
3. Excel Microfinance Bank, Eruwa.
4. NUT Oke Bola Microfinance Bank, Oke Ado, Ibadan.
5. Caretakers MicroFinance Bank, Caretaker, Ogbomoso.
Oyo Assembly Charges Journalists on quality reportage, sues for mutual working relationship
The Chairman House Committee on Information, Media, Public Affairs and ICT in the Oyo House of Assembly, Honourable Waheed Akintayo has stressed the need for synergy and mutual working relationship between the Assembly correspondents and the lawmakers, urging them to promote the activities of the 10th Assembly through quality reportage.
The Lawmaker who represents Oluyole constituency gave the charge during a meeting with the correspondents on Monday, saying the development was aimed at charting a good course for the legislators and the Correspondents.
Hon. Akintayo while commending the resident journalists for their contributions to the progress and development of the Assembly since its inauguration said good working relationship and synergy between the two parties would no doubt pave way for more progress.
The legislator fondly addressed as Ilumoka presenter assured the correspondents of mutual and robust working relationship capable of promoting activities of the Assembly members and enhance their reportage.
According to him, round table meeting where the committee members and the correspondents sit together to discuss progress issues would always be considered for the development of the two parties.
“I really want to commend your efforts and contributions to the progress of the 10th Assembly, you are indeed partners in progress, and we want to assure you of our support anytime you call for it, especially on your welfare among others.
“The Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin is much concerned on your welfare and he is working round the clock to improve on it.
Also speaking, the vice chairman of the committee, Honourable Akintunde Olajide who represents Lagelu Constituency, thanked the correspondents for their cooperation and quality reportage, assuring that the leadership of the Assembly would do everything possible to support them.
Hon Akintunde said the already established synergy between the lawmakers and the correspondents will no doubt go a long way to promote and foester good working relationship between the Assembly and the correspondents.
Speaking earlier, chairman of the Assembly correspondent, Mr Mosope Kehinde of Radio Nigeria, Ibadan thanked the lawmakers and assured them of professionalism of the
correspondents in the reportage.
He appealed to them to support the correspondents necessary tools that will aid their reportorial activities.
NACJ FELICITATES OYO SPEAKER, OGUNDOYIN OVER EMERGENCE AS CHAIRMAN, CONFERENCE OF SPEAKERS
The Nigeria Association of Christian Journalists (NACJ) Oyo State chapter have congratulated the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin on his elction as Chairman, Conference of Speakers.
In a release by the Association signed by it’s Chairman, Lekan Shobo Shobowale and made available to journalists through the Association spokesperson, Adeola Badru, NACJ, Oyo State chapter described the Speaker’s election as an honour well deserved.
It said the speaker have demonstrated a high sense of leadership quality since he assumed office as the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly in 2019.
It stated that Rt. Hon Ogundoyin have proven to be a leader and mentor for younger generation which has always proven that the younger generations can always do it better.
While praying to God to grant you the wisdom, Knowledge and understanding to excel in this your call to duty, the entire body of Christian Journalists in the Oyo State will continue to pray along, for you to succeed in this your noble assignment.
Once again, congratulations, Mr Speaker and we wish you greater heights as you steer the ship of the 10th house of Assembly of Oyo state.
Oyo state government has introduced Pace Setter Transport and Card for cheap transports as the Omituntun buses progress into digitalization with the use of PACESETTER CARDS. Eaglessightnews has gathered.
According to a communique made available to journalists Saturday, a copy forwarded to eaglessightnews.com.ng by the Oyo State PTS Chairman , Hon Dikko, the step-by-step guide to getting your card is below:
As the Omituntun buses progress into digitalization with the use of PACESETTER CARDS as promised, here is a step-by-step guide to getting your card, recharging it and boarding the Omituntun bus with it:
1. Walk into the ticketing booths in any of our terminals
2. Get your FREE PACESETTER card and register it
3. IMMEDIATELY recharge your PACESETTER card with any convenient amount enough to board the bus or more(the minimum amount for intra-city service is #1,000; the minimum amount for inter-city service is #2,000)
4. Tap your card on a ticket validator in the Omituntun bus you want to board
5. Enjoy our comfortable and affordable transport service
6. Tap out the card on the ticket validator when alighting the Omituntun bus.
Note that the PACESETTER CARD is provisionally FREE courtesy of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
To be available from Monday, 25th of September, 2023.
In as much as Chief Obafemi Awolowo has been remembered for his lofty landmarks in the transformation of the southwest even after decades, I strongly believe that the Governor Seyi Makinde would be remembered after 2027 because the two personalities are like five and six.
Findings from the expert opinions, interviews in the national dailies, and documentaries revealed how the triumphs of the heroes are codified as a legacy for the coming generations to read as history. Many people didn’t live to witness or see the lives and works of many great Nigerians but read about such as Nigeria’s first president, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, a pioneer in the country’s fight for independence. He is known as “Zik”; Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was a Nigerian politician who served as the first and only prime minister of Nigeria; Sir Ahmadu Bello was a prominent Nigerian politician who served as the first Premier of Northern Nigeria from 1954 to 1966. Known as the Sardauna of Sokoto; Chief Obafemi Awolowo was one of Nigeria’s foremost statesmen who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence and history. His achievements include the following:
As Premier of Western Nigeria (1952-1959), he introduced free primary education and free health care for all in 1955. He also founded Nigeria’s first indigenous TV station in Ibadan called the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV). Several cities have been named after him, and his face has been gracing the 500 naira note since 2001.
University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) is named after him. He promoted indigenous industry, agriculture, and infrastructure development across Western Nigeria; Chief Anthony Enahoro was one of Nigeria’s foremost anti-colonial and pro-democracy activists. He played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement; Sir Herbert Macaulay, a prominent figure in Nigeria’s history, was a nationalist, politician, and social activist; Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed was a military ruler of Nigeria from 1975 until his assassination in 1976; Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, also known as M.K.O Abiola, was a Nigerian businessman, publisher, and politician. He ran for president in 1993 and is widely regarded as the presumed winner of the election. However, the results were annulled by Ibrahim Babangida.
Just like I wrote in one of my previous articles entitled ” Seyi Makinde: Why Are You Moving Quickly?” His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde fondly called GSM has not forgotten to forget about his part of the history that will linger forever in Oyo State and beyond. The commissioning of the 38.85KM Oyo-Iseyin road project and the Iseyin Campus of LAUTECH (The College of Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources) will make him to be remembered beyond 2027.
Women’s inclusion in government will be forgotten so on, two Secretaries to the state government (SSG) on the bounce, the first-ever female commissioner for youth and sports, and even the President has equally nominated a woman for the same position at the national level and other key positions, are you asking me again how this will linger people’s memory?
The 110km Ibadan circular road is segmented into four sections, namely South-East(32.2km); North- East(20.8km); North-West(33.0km), and South-West(24.0km) is a by-pass for travelers, goods, and freight commuting through Ibadan along the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway linking Ibadan/ Ife Expressway, Oyo, Ogbomoso, Ilorin geographically situated within Ibadan via Egbeda, Ona-Ara, Lagelu, Akinyele, Ido, and Oluyole local government areas. This simply means that the travelers coming from Lagos going to other states, like Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Abuja, and others will no longer pass through the Ibadan Iwo Road axis, but will rather boycott the entire Iwo Road traffic congestion by passing through the state-owned Technical University along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway and come out few kilometers to Asejire Bridge on Ibadan/Ife road.
The main purpose of the road is to ease the traffic flow in Ibadan and open up another corridor for economic activities in the state. Twenty years after it was conceived, Engr. Seyi Makinde being a visionary leader saw the need to actualise the dreams of many Oyo residents by awarding the Ibadan circular road to a competent construction firm in 2022. The 110-kilometer road was named after the former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja by Engr. Seyi Makinde in honour of the former governor (Ladoja) who conceived the project when he was the governor of the state will no doubt bring more development to Oyo State when completed and you are telling me that this huge project will not carry GSM’s name till eternity?
Are you saying that the prospective economic boom in Iseyin and Oke-Ogun axis would not last beyond 2027? The governor, while addressing the people of the town, said that locating the college in Iseyin was a strategic decision. He also insisted that the decision to make LAUTECH a multi-campus institution was also taken to achieve accelerated development for the state.
According to him: “The zone will be opened to more economic activities as about 1,533 students resume at the college in the next few weeks. Let me mention that this commissioning of the LAUTECH Iseyin Campus in Iseyin exemplifies what happens when we have existing infrastructure, whether physical or administrative, to build on.
“We used to have one and a half universities when we came in; the Technical University and half of LAUTECH because it was jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states. But today, we have doubled the institutions, as we now have the Technical University, which is fully owned by Oyo State, and the LAUTECH and Emmanuel Alayande University of Education, which is also fully owned by Oyo State.”
He said further: “It is not just about all of these universities, but the fact that what we have done is to use our available resources to achieve our vision. Building on that, we took a multi-campus approach to expand LAUTECH. To ensure both campuses of LAUTECH are connected, we are constructing a brand new road, the 76.67km Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso Road, which is about 80 percent done, and I will come back here to commission that road before the end of this year.”
Are you saying that the COVID-19 experience would go missing in the grand style of GSM’s administration? During the COVID-19 pandemic and there was a NEC meeting in Abuja, Makinde stood out to advocate that we could not afford to have a complete lockdown in Oyo State, and we all recall when Governor el-Rufai referring to that when he came to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) some time ago, that they had a running battle. But at the end of the day, wisdom prevailed and each governor was allowed to determine what to do, and that was how we didn’t have a complete lockdown in Oyo State. Eventually, most of the decisions and initiatives Makinde utilized in dealing with the pandemic were ultimately adopted by the Federal Government.
Tell me how the civil servants would remember GSM just within 2027 alone when an unprecedented career progression radiates and radiated their engagements with his administration in terms of welfare and other packages such as uninterrupted payment of salaries and arrears, promotions among others.
If the sports complex of Adamasingba Stadium could eventually attract international competition as utilized by Nigeria’s sports authority then I wouldn’t know how this milestone would be forgotten in a jiffy.
The fact that the Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Oyo State House Assembly, Hon. Debo Ogundoyin became the chairman of the conference of the speakers in Nigeria which has elevated the status of the pacesetter’s state, tell me how this would make history not to remember GSM.
Dust-raising is of two types, positive and negative impacts, as people read about this piece about Makinde, they will judge whether he will be remembered beyond 2027 or not. But to me, this GSM of a man, who would be asked to further contribute his quota to the development of the country in different paths when he ceases to be the governor.
Olawale Aremu writes for the GSM ADVOCATES for good governance.
The Chairmanship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oluyole local government ahead of the 2024 council polls in Oyo state, Akeem Olatunji, has congratulated a close ally and political associate of Oyo state governor, Alhaji Akeem Azeez, on occasion of his birthday.
The former Publicity Secretary of PDP in Oyo state also congratulates his counterpart in Lagelu local government, Honourable Kamardeen, while expressing his best wishes to the duo and praying God’s continuous grace in their lives.
Olatunji disclosed this on Sunday September 17, in a statement made available to journalists.
Olatunji described Alhaji Azeez as more of a confidant and personal friend of the governor rather than a political appointee going by his immense support, loyalty, and hard work to the ‘Seyi Makinde political project before 2019 till date.
He added that many young politicians who have at different stages had encounters with the governor’s ally are currently doing well in different political leadership roles at both party and governmental levels stressing that his selfless and dedicated life to whatever course he believes in remains worthy of emulation.
While also congratulating the two Honourable Commissioners inaugurated last week; Miss Wasilat Adegoke and Dr Oluwaserimi Ajetumobi deployed to Ministries of Youth and Sports, and Health respectively, Olatunji commended Governor Seyi Makinde for bringing more women into the state cabinet.
Olatunji said, he could not be caught by surprise anymore regarding Makinde’s leadership style and unrivalled all inclusive approach to governance as evidently exhibited since his emergence as the executive governor of Oyo state in 2019.
Olatunji disclosed that Makinde’s open door policy as well as his inclusiveness of youths and women who were long relegated to the background in the scheme of things has attracted others across different parts of Nigeria including the federal with the rising number of young people and women coming on board top government positions.
He urged the two Commissioners to justify the trust reposed in them by Governor Makinde and live up to the expectations and demands of their offices urging the duo to quickly adapt to their new work environment as the clock ticks.
“I want to join my heart to many other lovers and well wishers of our celebrants; Alhaji Akeem Azeez and Honourable Kamardeen, who have continued to enjoy God’s grace and immense favour on the auspicious occasion of their birthdays celebration today.
“This is a clear testament of God’s unflinching love and grace and I whole heartedly rejoice with them in celebration over the attainment of their new ages. My prayers and wishes are that God Almighty continue to uphold and increase them in all fronts.
“In the same vein, I wish to celebrate our newest Commissioners for Youth and Sports and Health; Miss Wasilat Adegoke and Dr Oluwaserimi Ajetumobi over their well deserved political appointments.
“To whom much is given more is expected. As they commence this new phase of their lives, I hope that they would immediately acquaint themselves with their new work environment because of the level and standards the present government has laid for cabinet members.
“While urging them to not leave any stone unturned to learn, unlearn and relearn under the Seyi Makinde’s political leadership, it is my earnest prayer that their youthful vibrancy and wealth of professional experience would be brought to bear on their designations to justify the trust and confidence reposed in them by our leader and mentor, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde.” Olatunji stated.
Olusegun Obasanjo in the Face of Traditional Trail and Official Protocol.
By Otunba Yomi Ojo, Fiwajoye 1, a Member of the GSM Advocates
The former president of the country and an elder statesman who has ruled the country twice had one of the best records in respecting the traditional and cultural values of one of the most populous tribes in Africa.
History has it that he is one of the elders in the country who always pays homage to the kings or traditional rulers in the country when they were installed.
In October 2015, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was one of the first elders of Yorubaland who visited the new Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi at Ile-Ife. Osun State to pay his homage to the new king and history has it that Baba Obasanjo prostrated with his chest on the ground as a true Yoruba man and it is on record that he has done the same for many kings over time.
This writer strongly believes that the situation in Iseyin was that Baba Obasanjo was trying to call the attention of our respected Kabiesi to what escaped their minds.
Baba Obasanjo with his track records and respect for the traditional throne of Yorubaland will never disrespect our kings.
I have been reading many opinions all over the internet and how politicians are taking advantage of the Baba’s action to cover the massive achievements recorded by His Excellency Engr Seyi Makinde in Iseyin and Oke Ogun, in his efforts to open up the area for modern development and also boost the economy of the zone.
Over 34 kilometres of Oyo-Iseyin Road was commissioned, the same road that has newly rejuvenated Fashola Farm Estate and the new satellite campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology was also commissioned, the school is ready to admit over 2000 students with the faculty of Agriculture and renewed energy.
The opposition in the state rather than praising the present government, results into a childish political game that may likely cause disunity in the region.
Oke-Ogun people appreciate the Governor for his developmental strides in the zone and the state.
I would like to advise the APC in Oyo State to learn to play politics of the 21st century and stop living in the era of political “jagba” or lemo”
You’re Making Oyo Proud Like Your Late Father–GSM Advocates Tells Ogundoyin Over His Emergence As Chairman NCS
One of the foremost sociopolitical group in Oyo state committed to advocacy for and promotion of good governance in Oyo state, the GSM Advocates has congratulated Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt Hon Adebo Ogundoyin, over his emergence as the Chairman of Nigeria conference of Speakers.
Oyo state Coordinator of the group who was also the immediate past Publicity Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Akeem Olatunji, made this known in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists on Saturday evening.
According to the group, Ogundoyin has become a good brand and household name within Oyo state political landscape, courtesy of the late father of the Speaker, Chief Adeseun Ogundoyin, who was a renowned philanthropist and political guru in his life time.
The group noted that the Speaker has yielded himself to the service of Oyo state, Nigeria, and humanity as a whole such that his dedication and commitment has already place him on pedestal of greatness in the Nigerian political landscape even at the national level.
Recall that Ogundoyin became the first lawmaker in the state to emerge Speaker of the state assembly on successive term (2019–2023 till date) and has gone ahead to emerge as Chairman and leader of Nigeria Conference of Speakers unopposed.
The group said it would continue to champion and entrench the course of democracy and good governance across the state stressing that Ogundoyin’s unwavering loyalty to Governor Seyi Makinde has manifested in a very big within a short space of time maintaining that loyalty to one’s leader and political benefactor pays.
“We want to join our hearts to that of millions of Nigerians to celebrate one of our own finest in the person of Rt. Hon. Adebo Edward Ogundoyin, Speaker, Oyo State Assembly and now Chairman and leader of the Nigeria Conference of Speakers.
“This is no mean feat in a political sojourn and we can only celebrate his dedication and commitment to exemplary leadership and championing the course of good governance as a legislator.
“We’re particularly proud of Ogundoyin’s achievements as a young lawmaker and perhaps one of the youngest Speaker in Nigeria. This has clearly manifested in the struggle tagged “not too young to run” and proved that given the right political atmosphere and environment such that Oyo state currently enjoys under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde, youths in Nigeria could aspire and reach the peak of their political careers.
“We want the Hon. Speaker to to know that we as a sociopolitical group in Oyo state dedicated and committed to entrenching democracy and good governance across Oyo state, we will provide all needed support as may be required to ensure that Ogundoyin enjoys a hitch free tenure as the leader of Nigeria’s conference of Speakers.” The group concluded.
Fate has smiled on you by giving you the grace to represent and wield power at the 2nd highest lever of governance.Ability to lead effectively is not a function of age.You have discharged your duties at the level of the state creditably,my prayer is may the Almighty grant you much more grace and unction to function even more creditably at the national level
Congratulations once again Rt Hon,I’m convinced you will make all of us who believe in you even prouder by your handling of this new assignment.
Mrs Toyin BALOGUN
COMMISSIONER FOR WOMEN AFFAIRS & SOCIAL INCLUSION
Oyo State PDP Congratulates Hon. Debo Ogundoyin on his emergence as the Chairman of Nigeria Conference of Speakers
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, extend their heartfelt congratulations to the Speaker of Oyo State, Hon Debo Ogundoyin on his remarkable achievement of becoming the Chairman of the Nigeria Conference of Speakers.
His emergence as Chairman is not only a testament to his exceptional leadership qualities but also a source of pride for the PDP and the entire state of Oyo. We are elated by the news of his unanimous confirmation through a voice vote by the esteemed speakers in attendance at the Conference.
His appointment as the youngest Chairman in the history of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria is a testament to his dedication and competence. It also reflects his ability to connect with colleagues from across the nation, transcending political affiliations for the greater good of our democracy.
We are particularly proud that a member of our party has been elected as Chairman, showcasing his ability to bridge divides and foster unity in the interest of our great nation.
Hon Debo leadership has always been characterized by vision, integrity, and a commitment to the betterment of our state and country. We have full confidence that he will continue to excel in this new role, working tirelessly to advance the goals and aspirations of the Conference of Speakers.
Once again, congratulations, Hon. Debo Ogundoyin, on this historic achievement. His success brings honor not only to Oyo State but to the entire nation. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact of your leadership at the national level.
Ag. Publicity Secretary, Oyo State PDP
Thanks For Setting The Pace For Youths – Oyo Sports Commissioner, Hon. Wasilat Congratulates Ogundoyin
Oyo state Youths and Sports commissioner, Hon. Wasilat Adegoke has congratulated the state House of Assembly speaker, Rt. Honourable Adebo Edward Ogundoyin on his emergence as the new Chairman of the Nigeria Conference of Speakers.
Hon. Ogundoyin, a third-term state lawmaker, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, emerged chairman at a national meeting of the Conference in Abuja following the withdrawal of the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Taiwo Oluomo from the race.
The Oyo state speaker, Ogundoyin was thereafter confirmed through a unanimous voice vote by the speakers in attendance at the Conference.
In a statement made available to eaglessightnews.com.ng while congratulating Ogundoyin, the first female new Oyo youths and sports commissioner, Hon. Wasilat Adegoke described the lawmaker as an epitome of success and a role model for teaming youth, saying Ogundoyin’s excellent leadership is setting the standard for youth.
” I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to you, Rt. Hon. Adebo Edward Ogundoyin, on your well-deserved Victory as the
Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.
“Your emergence as the leader of the Nigerian state’s speakers is a testament to your exceptional qualities, unwavering dedication, and the trust that your colleagues have placed in you.
” I firmly believe that you will continue to use your new position to champion the cause of fellow lawmakers, ensuring that their voices are heard and their concerns addressed.
” With your keen understanding of the issues that affect Oyo state, Nigeria, I am confident that you will work with stakeholders to implement policies, bills, and initiatives that will propel Nigeria forward and improve the lives of its citizens.
“I know you will use your years of legislative experience, leadership prowess, and all the unique opportunities available to unite all the
members of the conference of speakers
towards a common purpose, facilitating constructive discussions, and achieving tangible results for the betterment of our dear nation.
“My amiable leader, the task ahead may be challenging, but I am confident that you possess the vision, wisdom, and passion to overcome any obstacles that may come your way. I wish you every success in your tenure as the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.
“May your leadership be marked by progressive achievements and a lasting legacy that positively impacts the lives of the people of Nigeria.
“Congratulations once again to my leader, Honourable Chairman Conference of House of Assembly Speakers”, Oyo Commissioner, Wasilat stated.
Recall that Governor Makinde invited Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday to commission the 34.85km Oyo- Fasola – Iseyin road project
In a statement made available to our correspondence Saturday during a media briefing, Hon Wasilat Adegoke stated that the Oyo-Iseyin-Fashoal Road will intensify the economy and social growth of Oyo State.
Hon Wasilat Adegoke while commending the Governor’s sterling performance explained that the 34.85km Oyo-Iseyin Road would add to the infrastructural progress in the State adding that Oyo State people have been enjoying pragmatic development in all sectors across zones.
Hon Wasilat Adegoke in a full statement writes:
“I commend the executive governor of Oyo state, Engr. Oluwaseyi Abiodun Makinde for reducing the infrastructural decay in the state through the newly commissioned 34.85km, Oyo-Fashola-Iseyin road.
“This infrastructural development without doubt would increase the eonomy and social status of our dear state and enhance rural-urban migrations within Oyo-Iseyin Zone.
The Youth Commissioner, however, called for maximum support for the Governor and prayed that almighty Allah continue to guide Makinde’s footsteps.
IBADAN – The 36-year-old Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin on Saturday emerged the new Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.
Hon Ogundoyin, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, emerged at a national meeting of the Conference in Abuja following the withdrawal of the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Taiwo Oluomo from the race.
The appointment of Ogundoyin was thereafter confirmed through a unanimous voice vote by the speakers
in attendance at the Conference.
This was consequent upon the expiration of the two-year tenure of the leadership of the Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon Abubakar Suleiman.
The Constitution of the Conference stipulates a two year term of office for its elected leadership and this is rotated between the Northern and the Southern part of the country.
This time it is the turn of the Southern region to produce the Chairman of the Conference.
With this, the Oyo State Speaker has made history by becoming the youngest Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria since its establishment in 1999.
This is also the first time a member of an opposition party will emerge as the Chairman of the Conference.
In his acceptance speech, Oyo Speaker, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin expressed his willingness to selflessly serve the Conference.
“I therefore accept this honor with a great sense of gratitude, humility, responsibility and an overwhelming determination to selflessly serve this assemblage of highly revered Rt. Hon Speakers of Nigeria’s State legislatures.
Despite the fact that he is no more the President of Nigeria , the Ex-President , Gen Olusegun Obasanjo(rtd) yesterday fumed at Oyo monarchs and commanded to stand like kindergarten children on what he called disrespect to the constituted authority. Eaglessightnews has gathered
According to a report sighted from PM, and other news mediums, It was at the opening of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources in Iseyin.
Obasanjo was the guest of Governor Seyi Makinde, who also asked him to commission the new Oyo-Iseyin Road, which his government rebuilt.
The ex-president after mounting the podium, noticed that the kings did not stand when he was called.
Disgusting! Obasanjo got angry over the negligence of the monarchs, he castigated the kings that they ought to have stood up for him.He then ordered them to stand!
Some of the monarchs present at the event include Olugbon of Orile Igbon; Oba Francis Olusola Alao, Okere of Saki Oba Khalid Oyebisi, among others.
Like obedient pupils will respond to their headmaster, all the Kings stood up in all their regalia.
The Ex-President when explaining his points, stressed that that despite the fact that he is no more the President and governor Makinde may be young, the governor has the highest position in the state and curtsy is expected from the monarchs.
According to Obasanjo in Yoruba, “I greet the kings and chiefs here sitting; I am grateful that you are here. Let me say this: wherever the president or governor is, the kings present must stand up to honor him.
“In Yoruba land, there are two things that are most respected among others: age and position. When a governor is still in power, he’s more powerful than any king.
“Even when I was president, I prostrated for kings outside, and when we went inside, the kings would prostrate for me. So, let’s always celebrate our culture.”
100-Day In Office: Makinde Is A Man of Integrity- Political Head, Aare Latosa, Hon Olaoluwa Akindele Says
The Vice Chairman of Ibadan North Local Government, Hon.Olaoluwa Akindele has described Governor Makinde as a man of integrity whose administration is characterized by moral principles and good performances.
Hon Olaoluwa who doubles as the political head Are Latosa stated this during a media conversation with eaglessightnews correspondence on Friday while felicitating the governor over his first 100-day office assumption.
Hon Olaoluwa said that the past administrations could never withstand Makinde’s great performances in Oyo State. Eaglesssightnews reports.
Hon Olaolu who emerged as Ibadan North LG Vice Chairman succeeded the present Chairman of the local government Hon Waheed Akanbi’Biro’ who according to law promoted and sworn in as the Executive Chairman of the Local Government added that Makinde is a promise keeper.
Speaking to eaglessightnews at Ibadan North Local Government, Hon Olaoluwa pointed out some gigantic projects of the governor including youth inclusion, safer projects, infrastructures, agriculture, and other ongoing projects, adding that the achievements of Governor Makinde in the past 100days have proven that Omituntun 2.0 sustainability development would put more smiles on the faces of
While describing the Governor’s administration as impeccable, Hon Olaoluwa explained that Makinde’s administration is an all-inclusive one and has made the government closer to the residents of Oyo which is strange to what it used to be.
The Vice Chairman, however, prayed that Almighty God continues to give Makinde wisdom and grace to make life more comfortable for the people in the state and progress state respectively.
Eaglessightnews reports that President Bola Tinubu has endorsed the nomination of Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso to serve as the new Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to a report sighted from the thewillnews, a statement issued on Friday by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said the directive is in conformity with Section 8 (1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007, which vests in the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the authority to appoint the Governor and Four (4) Deputy Governors for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), subject to confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Furthermore, President Bola Tinubu has approved the nomination of four new Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), for a term of five (5) years at the first instance, pending their confirmation by the Nigerian Senate, as listed below:
(1) Mrs. Emem Nnana Usoro
(2) Mr. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo
(3) Mr. Philip Ikeazor
(4) Dr. Bala M. Bello
“In line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda, the President expects the above listed nominees to successfully implement critical reforms at the Central Bank of Nigeria, which will enhance the confidence of Nigerians and international partners in the restructuring of the Nigerian economy toward sustainable growth and prosperity for all”, the statement added.
The DMO in a report on Thursday said the debt includes the N22.71tn Ways and Means Advances of the Central Bank of Nigeria to the Federal Government.
The DMO stated, “Nigeria’s total public debt stock as at June 30, 2023, was N87.38tn ($113.42bn). It comprises the total domestic and external debts of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the thirty-six states, and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The major addition to the Public Debt Stock was the inclusion of the N22.712tn securitized FGN’s Ways and Means Advances.”
The statement also noted that other additions to the debt stock were new borrowings by the Federal Government and the sub-nationals from local and external sources.
It added, “The reforms already introduced by the present administration and those that may emerge from the recommendations of the Fiscal Reform and Tax Policies Committee, are expected to impact debt strategy and improve debt sustainability.”
The DMO had earlier projected that Nigeria’s public debt burden may hit N77tn following the National Assembly’s approval of the request by former President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the CBN’s Ways and Means Advances.
The Ways and Means Advances is a loan facility through which the CBN finances the shortfalls in the government’s budget.
The governor gave the approval in a memo signed on Thursday, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by subsections 1 and 2 of the Chiefs’ Law, Cap. 28, Volume I, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Honourable Olusegun Olayiwola, the approval is a culmination of a series of processes stipulated by the extant laws of the state regarding ascension to royal thrones.
The statement added that the governor congratulated the new Aseyin-Elect, praying that his tenure will usher in greater developments to Iseyin.
It is recalled that the governor is due to receive former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the state, on Friday, to commission the 34.85 kilometres Oyo-Iseyin Road and the newly-constructed LAUTECH College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources, Iseyin.
Chief Press Secretary to the Oyo State governor
September 14, 2023.
…says we’ll complete projects in health, sport sectors
Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, swore-in the duo of Dr. Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi and Miss Wasilat Adegoke as Commissioners for Health and Youths & Sport, respectively, charging them to key into his vision for the sustainable development of the state.
Makinde equally charged the new commissioners not to be afraid of taking actions in their respective Ministries, stating that it is important for all members of the state’s Executive Council to study and understand the objectives of the Roadmap for the Sustainable Development of Oyo State, 2023-2027 and to key into the same in their respective Ministries.
Speaking at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, the governor added that the swearing-in of the duo was a fulfillment of his promise to increase the number of female commissioners under Omituntun 2.0.
He added that the administration has achieved greatly in the health and sport sectors where the two new commissioners have been assigned.
He noted, however, that the government would consolidate the achievements by completing key projects such as the final phase of the 351 Primary Health Centres and the second phase of the remodelled Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
He said: “This swearing-in is a ceremony but your work is not ceremonious. As you are aware, health is one of the pillars of this administration. Under Omituntun 1.0, we worked towards resolving the issue of the infrastructure deficit in our healthcare system. Well, I can say we sorted that problem up to about 50 to 60 per cent. But there is more to be done.
“So, I expect that our new Commissioner for Health will take the bull by the horns.
“As I said during the stakeholders’ meeting on the 2024 Budget, which was held last Monday, we have the money to build Category 3 Primary Health Centres in all our 351 wards. This is the reality we want to see accomplished in the shortest possible time.
“Well, the work we have to do is there. If you look at the Oyo State Road Map for Sustainable Development, 2023 -2027, you will also see promises that we have made there.
“By the way, I expect all members of the cabinet to read the document and assimilate the promises there as the minimum we will be doing for our people.”
The governor charged the new Commissioner for Health to work on seeing to the fulfilment of promises in the health sector, driving an increase in revenue through the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency and upgrading the tertiary healthcare infrastructure in the state, among others.
Addressing the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, the governor stated that his administration remained committed to harnessing the potential of the teeming youth population in the state.
“We have the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamsingba. We have completed the remodelling of phase 1, which is the stadium. And there is also a tennis court in there, which will host a world-class tennis event. So, maintaining that facility should be a priority.
“We also want to complete the second phase of that project, which will provide facilities for other sports such as tennis, badminton, swimming and so on.
“One thing that I think you should also make a top priority is this, the Oyo State athletes did well at the last National Sports Festival and we promised to motivate them by paying them some money.
“I believe the next exco meeting is going to be the first Tuesday in October, I hope that you and the Commissioner for Finance will be able to report to us that the payment has been made.”
The governor, however, warned Miss Adegoke not to put all the focus on the sport component while neglecting the youth sector, saying: “Do not focus all your energy on Sports alone. There is the youth development aspect of your Ministry as well.
“Under youth empowerment, you should go through the roadmap, find the point of intersection between your Ministry and other Ministries and approach them for collaboration.
“Our promises here are mostly focused on technology and education. So, I want to see more collaboration like we had this weekend, where we supported the Ibadan Tech Expo, and I also look forward to seeing your strategy for getting a tuition-free university education for youths, who have excelled in sports.
“Of course, we are here to offer you what you may need because we know there are a lot of things that have to be done. I also know that just like me, this is not a path you have walked before but don’t be afraid. Make your mistakes and we will forgive you but I won’t forgive you for not taking action at all.”
While appreciating Governor Makinde for the opportunity given to the duo, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ajetunmobi assured that she and her colleague would work assiduously to deliver on the mandate and vision of the governor.
An explainer identified as Susan, a mother of two from Muranga has narrated how her husband asked her to look for a man to satisfy her needs Eaglessightnews.com.ng has gathered.
Susan said that her husband was addicted to masturbation.
According to Susan, mother of two, she met her husband in a church during youth service from different churches and they became friends and later lovers and they did a wedding.They were later blessed with a kid.
She says that she got married with one kid and the in laws didn’t want their son to marry a women who was not his tribe.She says that she started noticing her husband was behaving differently when he started watching pornographic videos in her presence.
She says that it reach a point where her husband was not interested in her and when she used to ask him what was wrong he would do it infront of her and ask her to go get a man who can satisfy her needs since she was still beautiful.
Susan says that her marriage ended after her husband told her he wanted to leave her and marry another woman from their tribe, After she called the in law to inform them they already knew and they supported their son.
She says that her husband packed his clothes and left a note for her while she was at work, She says that it’s has been almost two years now and she has never or heard from him.She has been doing manual work to feed and educate her kids.
Omituntun 2.0: How Governor Seyi Makinde is fostering Intra State Trade and Good Communal Relationships.
By Ọba Stephen Adegboyega, member of GSM Advocates
Before Governor Seyi Makinde came on board in 2019, our complaints in Oyo State was that every elected State governors has always abandoned the unfinished projects of their predecessor. This is not far from the fact that every governor want to have his own foundations and legacy projects.
During past administrations, we’ve witness abandoned projects littered every nooks and crannies of Oyo State due to the negligence of the governors. This is not peculiar to Oyo state alone but to major States in Nigeria. Infact, some states even destroyed Infrastructures constructed with their IGR due to hatred or enviness of their predecessors.
This kind of bad behavior has been stopped and changed in Oyo State when His Excellency Engr. Seyi Makinde FNSE came on board and made a statement that non of his predecessor projects will be abandoned or destroyed but rather will complete them and rejuvenate new ones because they are being made or constructed from the IGR gained from the good people of Oyo state.
He also made a statement, that our roads linking zones will be constructed and while new ones will be opened either Federal roads or state or local because Oyo state belong to all of Us.
He set the motion when he ordered the reconstruction of the 65km Moniya-Ìjàyè-Ìṣẹyin. This is the major road that links Oke Ogun people to Ibadan. The road was in sorrow and pathetic condition before GSM came on board. Infact, the pathetic conditions of the road has paralysed many business along the axis most especially the farm produce from Oke Ogun. Before now, It usually take more than 6 hours to ply a road of just between 25-45mins to and from ìṣẹyin to Ibadan.
Reconstruction of this road has increased business activities of the people in the axis and has made movement of goods most especially farm produce to Ibadan without any worries or pains or agony or panic like before. Not only movement of farm produce but has also decongested Ìbàdàn and allowed for intra State flow of business.
GSM never stopped at that, he opened another fresh virgin road from Ogbomọsọ-Fapotẹ-Ìṣẹyin. Yes, this road was virgin. I mean GSM disvirgin this road and open economy and brotherly relationship between the two ancient town.
Ọ̀yọ́-Ìṣẹyin road will be commissioned in days, this road was a subject of discussions for many years Infact ahead of 2015 and 2019 general election, a senator from Oyo State during electioneering said the road will be constructed. A House of Representative from Ọ̀yọ́ Aláàfin also said same but nothing was done until GSM took the bold steps. Today, dead business activities in the axis are rising again.
Ibarapa people are also not neglected as reconstruction of ibadan-Eruwa has kicked off recently. This will also reconnect our people in Ibadan and Ibarapa together again more than before. It will reduce traveling hours, pains and agony on the road.
Makinde Inaugurates Two Additional Commissioners Today-Report
Barring a last-minute change ,eaglessightnews.com.ng has gathered that Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde will be Inaugurating two additional Commissioners-designate into his cabinet Today 14th Thursday, September, 2023.
Eaglesssightnews.com.ng recalls that Governor Makinde had earlier sworn in 16 Commissioners. The two additional commissioners that will be sworn in today make the governor commissioners a total of 18.
Recall, following a request by Governor Seyi Makinde Tuesday, September 5, seeking the legislative arm of the state to endorse the two commissioner designates, the state assembly in response to the request, conducted the screening and approved at its Wednesday, September 6, plenary.
The Ibarapa Female Politician, Wasila Adegoke will be sworn in as the commissioner for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and Oluwaserimi Ajetumobi will be sworn in as Commissioner for Health.
The occasion was marked by a cascade of heartfelt calls and messages from esteemed leaders of the PDP, including the distinguished Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, whose kind words were deeply cherished. Hon. Ogunsina Micheal also received a host of thoughtful gifts, embodying the spirit of camaraderie and unity within the PDP family.
Furthermore, the effusive show of support from PDP members, as well as friends from other political parties, was truly heartening. The vibrant and inclusive social media commendations and posts added an extra layer of warmth to the celebrations.
In the words of Hon. Ogunsina Micheal, “I am profoundly moved by the overwhelming show of love and solidarity from our esteemed leaders, party members, and friends from various political affiliations. Your kind gestures have reaffirmed the strength and unity that defines our great party, the PDP.”
This remarkable demonstration of unity transcends party lines and exemplifies the power of collaboration and mutual respect in the political sphere. It is a testament to the shared commitment towards a better and more prosperous Oyo State.
Once again, the Office of the Acting Publicity Secretary and State Youth Leader, Hon. Ogunsina Micheal, extends heartfelt appreciation to everyone who made this occasion a memorable and cherished one. The support received serves as a powerful reminder of the collective dedication towards the progress and development of our great state.
Honorable Ogunsina Micheal,
Acting Publicity Secretary and State Youth Leader, Oyo PDP.
100 Days In Office: Makinde Has Changed The Narrative – Oyo Assembly Lawmaker Comforter Says
Oyo Assembly Lawmaker Representing Ibadan North Constituency1, Hon(Dr) Olufunke Comforter Adeniyi Olajide has stated that the Makinde administration in the past 100days has changed the narrative of the second term’s administration experience from politicians.
The lawmaker stated this while felicitating Makinde’s 100-day office assumption in a statement made available to Journalists Wednesday, a copy forwarded to eaglessightnews.com.ng.
Eaglesssightnews reports that Governor Seyi Makinde’s second administration designated as Omituntun 2.0 which hit the first 100days in office, on September 6, has received huge commendations from dignitaries and the residents in Oyo residents.
Comforter explained that people’s perception, experience, and assumption about second term ambition of politicians has been “a time to siphon the treasury and suffer the masses’ but Makinde has changed the narrative via his exceptional performances in his first 100 days in office.
Hon Comforter who doubles as the Chairman of Women Affairs and Community Development while speaking on Governor Makinde’s administration, hailed the governor for keeping to promise on women’s inclusion, adding that Makinde’s 100days in office has shown that he is a lover of all inrespective of the gender.
Speaking further, the lawmaker while pointing to some of the key achievements of the Governor in the Omituntun 2.0′ Sustainable development for the past 100 days after the Governor assumed office, extolled Makinde and described his performances as top-notch!
Comforter while Commending the Governor on a job well done, highlighted Makinde’s fingerprints on infrastructures, including the 34.85 kilometers of Oyo-Iseyin Road, a federal Road that will be commissioned by Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on September 15. The lawmaker also eulogized the 76.7km Ogbomoso-Fapote-Iseyin-Road and 8.3 kilometers Ojurin-Olorunda Abaa Road, which is a continuation of Akobo-Odogbo-Barracks-Ojurin-Road that was fixed under Makinde’s first term among others.
On the Safer Programmes flagged off by Governor Makinde some days ago, Comforter while commending the Governor explained that testimonies from the residents of Ibadan North and the people of Oyo state as a whole have proven that the Safer project are timely and has indeed mitigated the effects of subsidy removal on the masses in Oyo, adding that the Safer Programme is an all-inclusive project.
The Lawmaker while praying for the governor for wisdom and grace to finish well and strong, charged the residents of Oyo State not to relent from giving Governor Makinde maximum support, adding that the Governor has set the pace and has indeed proven to be the lover of the masses.
On the 12th of September,there was a bipartite engagement between the Oyo State Government ably represented by the Secretary to the State Government; Prof Olanike Adeyemi,Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Inclusion; Hon( Mrs) Toyin Balogun,DG OYSIPA ; Barr Tilewa Folani,the rep of the Commissioner for Commerce; Mrs Adeyemi,Mrs Shani SA to the SSG and the representatives of ECOWAS-FEBWE( Federation of Business Women & Entrepreneurs);a platform fully supported by ECOWAS which has had profound impact on the business landscape through its workshops and exposure to opportunities which can expand their economic wallet share particularly within the female demographic.
Key among the issues of discuss was the potentials of the AfCFTA( African Continental Free Trade Area ) ,a regional value chain which will be the world’s largest free trade area to boost the economy of participatory countries and their people.
AfCFTA is expected to connect 1.3billion people across 55 Countries with a combined GDP valued at $3.4 trillion US dollars.
This is a humongous opportunity for any foresighted nation/ state to key in for the benefit of its people.
The visionary Governor Seyi Makinde led government through its Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Inclusion,Commerce & Industry and OYSIPA is mindful of the accruable benefits that can be harnessed by the participation of our women and no stone will be left unturned to ensure that our women get a piece of the action.
A mutually beneficial collaboration between the tripod of ministries/agency( Women Affairs,Commerce and OYSIPA on behalf of our women) will be further explored at subsequent engagements with ECOWAS-FEBWE
Mrs Toyin BALOGUN
COMMISSIONER FOR WOMEN AFFAIRS & SOCIAL INCLUSION
How Gov Seyi Makinde is expanding Oyo State Economy through Housing
By Femi Ojo, a friend of GSM Advocates
In the recent time, I have noticed that Real Estate developers are now trooping to Oyo State from Lagos, Abuja and other neighboring States to plant their own Estate in the State capital and other zones in Oyo State.
I took a short trip to Iseyin through Moniya in the past weeks, and to my amazement, the number of Estates I saw springing up in that axis is mind-blowing and what makes it even more interesting is that, there is no big name in the real Estate industry in Nigeria from Adron Homes, Afia Homes, T-Pumpy, MKH Homes, Gracias, and other that you won’t see having a property development on the corridor in Akinyele Local Government. Just like they call Lekki, Ajah & Epe the new Lagos, this axis is fast becoming our own New Oyo.
I ask myself, why do they all in one swoop invaded this axis, and I also gave myself an answer after realizing that we now have a working train Station commuting passengers to and fro from Lagos daily, and that there is about to be commissioned Dry port in Moniya, where people can clear their goods without having to worry about the gridlock, and bottleneck of Apapa port. This is a business arrangements between Oyo State and Federal Government cited on about 95 Hecters of Land according to the available information.
These are not the only reasons for real Estate developers in that corridor. I also drove on a smooth 65km road, which is without a single pothole, started and re- built by Governor Seyi Makinde. You will have to realize that businesses are very sensitive to infrastructural developments. If GSM hasn’t constructed that particular Moniya-Iseyin road, these big real Estate developers may not have picked interest in that axis of the State.
Governor Seyi Makinde said in his manifesto that he wanted to link all zones of Oyo State, and that he has achieved under #Omituntun1.0, and the resultant effect is that a lot of people are now moving their businesses to Ibadan.
Before now, in terms of real Estate, Oyo State is no where to be found, but all that has now changed and kudos to the effort of our ever performing Governor Seyi Abiodun Makinde. Multiple jobs are now created, new funds from investors are now entering Oyo State running into hundreds of million of dollars, and the economy is generally moving up and expanding steadily.
Let me digress a little, over the weekend, Ibadan became a global spotlight due to the Balogun Danjuma’s led #IbadanTechExpo, that took place at the International Conference Center, University of Ibadan, where young and talented tech enterprenuers gathered to cross ventilate and share ideas. Typically, an event of this size having over 7,000 participants usually take place in places like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt but young professionals are now changing the story. Ibadan is no longer the local city some myopic mind still think it is. Let me commend the conveners while I encourage people of such professions to keep coming up with events and ideas that can keep projecting the State to the whole world.
Back to my story, I recently saw an article shared on a WhatsApp group where the previous and current government is being criticized for converting unused, dormant and vacant parcel of lands to build different residential Estates. The writer started off by criticizing past governments of Kolapo Ishola, Lam Adeshina, Akala, Ajimobi but obviously the target of the article is Governor Seyi Makinde.
Since the Establishment of Kolapo Ishola GRA, Aerodrome GRA, Calton Gate and few others, the quality of housing in Oyo State has Increased and Oyo State is fast changing from the brown roof tag which signifies backwardness in terms of housing development in the State to a modern city that can now rival other States in Nigeria in terms of real developments.
With the coming of Governor Seyi Makinde in 2019, alot of new GRAs has been established in quick succession when he saw the huge housing deficit in the State and amongst them are Kole-Osho GRA, Engr Lere Adigun GRA, Rashidi Ladoja GRA, Rayfield Gardens City Estate Alao Akala GRA, and many others.
I have been to Kolapo Ishola GRA, and I myself resides in Calton Gate Estate, but i cannot dispute the quality I saw when I went to assist my friends who reside outside the country to make enquiries about Lere Adigun GRA and Rayfield Gardens City Estate Alaka GRA. These are Estates built with quality roads Network, drainages and other modern infrastructures, and from what I was told, the Government has warned all developer partners to build only quality Infrastructures.
These are Estates that was never in Existence before now, which has now added to the pride of Oyo State in terms quality projects.
The writer mischievously alleged that the government is converting public land into Estates, and the question is, before now, what was the specific and significant economic contributions of these said public lands to the Oyo State people and government?
He went further to say that the Trans Amusement Park, and Agodi Gardens should also not be used to build Estates but failed to mention the usefulness of these idle public land to the overall economy of the State. Unfortunately, these are the same set of people still thinking that Oyo State should remain where it has always been without any meaningful progress.
The Lagos State everyone likes to turn and run to for even Residential Estate didn’t get to where it is today by being rigidly conservative. The State keeps getting hundreds of million of dollars investment everyday because it liberalizes businesses and encourage private investors. This is the same thing Governor Seyi Makinde is doing by creating thriving business environment for Investors, who are bringing their funds into the Oyo State Economy.
We all know the famous Story trending on Social Media about Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 1990, as a jungle and desert, but it took just one man to stand up to change the story of Dubai as the foremost Real Estate and Tourist destination in the world. Dubai rulers are not myopic, Seyi Makinde is not myopic, and that is the reasons you are seeing his government building massive road projects, and correcting all the economic wrongs for the benefit of the good people of Oyo State.
Let me say this, the essence of any elected government is to develop the State, create a better economic experience and change the lives of the people and these are what Governor Seyi Makinde has been saddled with since he came into power.
Oyo State cannot afford to remain the same without developments, because one of the critical factor of developments is Land, and any government willing to take the bull by the horns will start off with unused, dormant public lands in their reach which is what is being done.
Since the Establishments of these Estates as listed on the website of Ministry of Land Housing and Urban Development, thousands of direct and indirect jobs has been created for local contractors, youths, and the Oyo State people. In fact, most of these deals has brought in more income to the State Government rather than having these lands lying fallow. The residents of the Estates will be paying taxes, tenament rate and etc, which will keep bringing in more income to the State cofers steadily.
Real Estate is a capital intensive business if quality Infrastructures is involved, therefore any new Estate in Oyo State is a win for the people and the government. I therefore encourage the State Government to keep up the good work because the number of Estate in Oyo State currently is too small compared to what we have in Lagos and Abuja.
The Oyo State Government has expressed its condolences and sympathy to the Government and people of Morocco over Friday’s earthquake, which has claimed about 2,800 lives and left thousands of others injured.
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, described the disaster as saddening, expressing the ‘solidarity of the people of Oyo State with the Moroccan Government at this trying period.’
Governor Makinde prayed to God to grant repose to the souls of the deceased, while also wishing those injured a speedy recovery.
He said: “The Government and People of Oyo State stand in solidarity with the Government and People of Morocco at this trying period, following Friday’s earthquake that has left thousands dead and others injured.
“We express our heartfelt condolences on the loss of close to 3,000 lives and our prayers for the injured are that they have a speedy recovery.
“We equally commend the swift response of the Government towards rescue and provision of aids, while also praying for good speed for all agencies involved in rescuing victims.”
It would be recalled that the Africorp Consortium, a Moroccan business entity, had through its business interest in Nigeria, Mouka Foam Limited, expressed its intention to expand its business in Nigeria by establishing a factory in Oyo State.
A delegation of Africorp Consortium, led by Mr Saad S. Berrada, the President, had paid a courtesy visit to the Governor in May this year, during which Governor Makinde pledged the support of the government to the company.
Oyo Govt. Pays 92 Pensioners N206m GratuitiesOyo Govt. Pays 92 Pensioners N206m Gratuities
No fewer than 92 pensioners in Oyo State on Monday received cheques worth N208 million as gratuities from the Oyo State government
This, according to the Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Hon. Adeniyi Adebisi, is in fulfillment of Governor Seyi Makinde’s promise to the executives of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Oyo State Chapter.
The Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Hon. Adeniyi Adebisi made the disclosure during an interactive session with the Executives of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Oyo State Chapter and the symbolic presentation of cheques to some retirees.
He said the beneficiaries comprise state, local government and primary school retirees.
Hon. Adebisi stated further that about 92 retirees have been shortlisted for the payment and release of cheques has commenced.
The Commissioner explained that there is need for synergy and cooperation between the Nigerian Union of Pensioner and the Ministry of Establishments and Training, so as to make life better for Pensioners, while the Ministry is working on the review of pensions as directed by the Governor.
He stated further that, the Oyo State Government believes in dialogue as against industrial action to avoid sending bad signals to the general public.
He said, “Dialogue can resolve more than 50 percent of any problem no matter how big”.
Adebisi added that the State Government is committed to the wellbeing and welfare of civil servants, as well as the retirees.
Earlier, in his remarks, the State Secretary Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Comrade Olusegun Abatan stated that the loyalty of the Union to the State Government was demonstrated in the last gubernatorial election, when pensioners trooped out en-masse to vote for His Excellency, as a sign of appreciation.
Comrade Abatan expressed his delight that the Governor fulfilled his promise to resume payment of gratuity and believes that the 13-points agenda presented by the Union would be executed one after the other especially now that the pension review is being looked into.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to Governor Seyi Makinde for paying their gratuities at this time of economic hardship and recession, praying that God will grant him more wisdom to move the state forward.
The number of loan apps with conditional approval declined to 38 from 40, and the number of apps on the commission’s watchlist grew to 56 from 20.
The PUNCH, on August 20, 2023, reports FCCPC has permanently delisted and begun the process of deleting at least two loan apps from the Google Play Store for harassing Nigerians.
On August 1, 2023, FCCPC requested Google remove illegal apps operating without regulatory approval or in violation of the Limited Interim Regulatory/Registration Framework and Guidelines for Digital Lending, 2022 (Guidelines), from its play store, The PUNCH reports.
See the list of 37 newly delisted loan apps below:
OMITUNTUN 2.0 100 DAYS IN OFFICE: ADVANCING AND SUSTAINING THE OMITUNTUN 1.0 ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENTS
By Tolu Adewusi, a member of GSM Advocates
After his landslide victory at the polls on March 18th, 2023 defeating his immediate opponent with a 307,071 vote difference, having a percentage vote of 63.37% with total votes of 563,756 which doubles the addition of votes of his two major opponents; with a margin never seen before in the history of Oyo State in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic, one would think it was over; that such a winner should extol himself in his victory, that all the promises and the diligence that the Seyi Makinde administration offered would end with his first term in office, as several naysayers pushed that they were only baits for his reelection and that my second term, he like every other reelected Governor in time past, will show his true colour as a typical Nigerian politician.
However, this has not been the case so far in OMITUNTUN 2.0 which promises sustainable improvement in the first term (accelerated development), as it seems to be a thing of pride for Engr. Seyi Makinde he consistently shut the mouths of naysayers with his commitment to his promises and obligations as the Governor of Oyo State; like Lionel Messi in Inter Miami, he keeps delivering. While the opposition keeps wailing, he keeps working.
Just after his emergence in 2019, it was the Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant that the Seyi Makinde administration revived, and now, just after his reemergence, it is the Pacesetter Transport Services, which has so far posed to be a very proactive and timely revival, as the transport service has been a major tool to combat the economic challenges faced with the State like every other part of the country due to petrol subsidy removal.
The OMITUNTUN SAfER buses are said to serve at least 10,000 commuters per day across the State with a comfortable and very affordable transport service, helping to ease the people in the State of the economic difficulties the entire nation faces with. Not forgetting that OMITUNTUN 1.0 was characterized by infrastructural developments; seeing to the completion of over 137km of road projects; focusing on the interconnection of all the geopolitical zones. Who would have thought that those projects were precedents for a time such as this when there would be a need to deploy subsidized transport services across the geopolitical zones? Apparently, in 1.0, a solid foundation was laid for sustainable development.
Well, advocates and believers in GSM would not have thought less than the Seyi Makinde roadmaps of accelerated (1.0) and sustainable (2.0) developments are not scattered pieces of guesswork, but interwoven and intentional projects towards the economy. The terminals that were a fuss then, are today stimulating the economy and serving as parts of the loading points for the 2.0 OMITUNTUN SAfER buses which have been receiving enormous feedback on its cushion effect on the masses, rendering 50% subsidy compared to the usual transport operations.
Coupled with the transport service in stimulating actions within these 100 days, is the ongoing process of the distribution of food palliatives containing 10 kg of rice, 5 kg of elubo, 5 kg of beans, 5 kg of garri, and 1 liter of groundnut oil to 200,000 households, 180,000 vulnerable persons and 20,000 selected groups to ease residents in the State of the economic hardship the whole nation is faced with. Like COVID-19, like subsidy, the economy of the State under the Seyi Makinde administration continues to thrive against all odds, and the welfare of the people is being met despite the peculiarities. I remember that it looked like there was no COVID-19 in Oyo State during the pandemic, as there was no lockdown, and it is beginning to look like there is little to no effect of the subsidy removal in Oyo State aside from the general fundamental challenges.
Oyo State enjoyed a significant 25% decrease in crime rate under the OMITUNTUN 1.0 and became one of the safest places to do business in the Southwest evidently as a result of the support given to the various security agencies in the State by His Excellency, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde and the incorporation of the Amotekun corps; and in improving on this development and to ensure its sustainability, the Seyi Makinde administration within its 100 days of this second term, has approved and funded the provision for 100 additional vehicles to the security agencies in the State.
The Sole Acquisition of LAUTECH during the first term has made it possibly easy to now have a College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources in Iseyin, whose building has just been completed; with road infrastructure, administrative buildings, and lecture theatres, amongst others, it is projected to be the finest University College in the country.
Part of this is the completion of the Oyo-Iseyin 34.85km road to be commissioned by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
As it has been impossible for us to speak of OMITUNTUN 2.0 without referring to OMITUNTUN 1.0, as it is a deliberate roadmap built on continuity, it will only be fair to agree that some projects met their reality at the advent of this second term, to include the Light Up project as it is now in its sustainability phase; the continuation of construction of roads like Olohunda and Olodo as mentioned by Seyi Makinde in his bi-weekly newsletter. And not failing to mention that prompt payment of salary on every GSM-Day, 25th of every month, has uninterruptedly continued.
OMITUNTUN 2.0 is a stretch, and it has kicked off.
PEPT: Why Tinubu will never be my president – Aisha Yesufu
PEPT: Why Tinubu Will Never Be My President – Aisha Yesufu
A social rights activist, Aisha Yesufu, has explained why President Bola Tinubu will never be her president.
Yesufu, a supporter of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi in the just-concluded General Election made this known in a ‘Mic On’ podcast titled, ‘The PEPC Judgment: Hopes met or dashed’ hosted by Channels TV presenter, Seun Okinbaloye, on Saturday night.
Yesufu was quoted as saying that Tinubu allegedly rigged his way into the presidency and on that basis will never be seen as her president.
“Tinubu did not win the 2023 presidential election and will never be my president because he rigged his way to be declared the one with the majority votes. And as for me, that is a political coup. That is a civilian coup and it is the mandate of the people that was stolen.
“My focus and other Nigerians now is to ensure getting the mandate back.”
She added that even the Presidential Election Petition Court that gave the verdict that President Tinubu lawfully won the election held on February 25 was wrong, adding, “I stayed for over 13 hours in the court and I heard all the judgement read by the Supreme Court justices. It was all a movie.”
“And there was a trailer before the movie, it began when the former Supreme Court justice, Mary Odili spoke. It already preempted what we expected.”
She further said that the whole process began getting fishy when PEPC declined that the proceedings be aired live from the beginning until the judgment day and failed to show the faces of the justices.
“There was a need for people to see how it has been going rather than just hearing the judgment only.
“The joy in the faces of the judges showed that they were biased. They acted more like counsels to the respondents (President Tinubu, All Progressives Congress and VP Kashim Shettima),” she alleged.
Yesufu said she believed that the judiciary is compromised while making reference to the issues of card readers not being admissible in the court while espousing Nyesom Wike and Peter Dakuku’s case in Rivers State.
“The politicians always believe that they control the court that is why they are quick to tell people to go to court if they are satisfied with the results of elections.”
Speaking on the ‘Eyes on the Judiciary’ being productive on the judgment, Aisha said it was, adding that Nigerians have taken it upon themselves to tell the court that they would not allow nefarious acts in the court.
Recall that a five-member panel of the Tribunal took turns to dismiss the petitions presented by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar; the Labour Party and its candidate, Peter Obi; against the declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the presidential election on Wednesday.
The judgment was delivered by the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Haruna Tsammani, assisted by other members of the panel-Justices Stephen Adah, Monsurat Bolaji-Yusuf, Moses Ugo and Abba Mohammed.
Delivering the death knell to Atiku’s petition on Wednesday night, Tsammani stated, “This petition accordingly lacks merit.
“I affirm the return of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The parties are to bear their cost.”
On September 6, the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration hit the first 100 days mark of its second term in office, designated as Omituntun 2.0. In this interview, the governor speaks on the journey so far and his plan for the state in the 1,357 days. Excerpts:
Your second term administration was 100 days in office on Thursday. For someone in his second term, however, the question should not be about the first 100 days but about how well you have served your people and what they should look forward to in the next three years and 252 days.
Four years ago, I made the commitment to serve our people to the best of my ability and upon seeing how well we have done that, they renewed my mandate on March 18, 2023. So, a little over 100 days ago, I stood before them at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Liberty Road, Ibadan, to renew the pledge I made to them in 2019. I said that I would always put their interests first. That is what we have been doing.
For us, it is not about the first 100 days; I have once said that governance is not a sprint but a marathon. We ran the race in the last four years, working hard to steer our state on the path of accelerated development. We prioritised infrastructure development and we were able to complete over 137 kilometres of road projects, taking a top-to-bottom approach to road rehabilitations and reconstructions.
We also focused on interconnecting all the zones, because we knew that therein lies the key to kick-starting our ‘no zone left behind’ policy. We built roads such as the 76.7 km Ogbomoso-Fapote-Iseyin Road – a completely new road construction. No road had ever existed in that place before now. But we knew that this construction would open up the Ogbomoso and Oke-Ogun Zones. Already, we have big businesses springing up on that road.
We are also constructing the 110 km Ibadan Circular Road. We plan to complete the construction of this road with all ancillary amenities that will give our people a first-world transport experience on that route within this tenure.
With all these, we were able to build a solid foundation for sustainable development and that is the whole idea of Omituntun 2.0, which we have rightly designated as ‘Oyo State Roadmap for Sustainable Development, 2023-2027.
So, under Omituntun 2.0, our people should look forward to us completing all ongoing road projects and giving priority attention to internal roads in urban areas.
In line with your last statement, has your administration been able to record any success with regards to projects you left off in the first term?
Yes. As I said earlier, under Omituntun 1.0, we built the much important foundation for our sustainable development agenda. One of such foundations was the sole ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), which we secured during the first term. We also built on that foundation with the establishment of the College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources of the University in Iseyin and we committed a lot of resources towards the building of the College. Today, we have completed the building of what will unarguably be the finest University College in the country. It is completed with road infrastructure. Administrative building and lecture theatres, among others.
Shortly after our inauguration, we also inaugurated the 8.3 kilometres Ojurin-Olorunda Abaa Road, which is a continuation of the Akobo-Odogbo Barracks-Ojurin Road that was fixed under our first term. When we were campaigning, I promised that Omituntun 2.0 would be better but our people felt it was just a political talk. But the manifestation is already in place. Under Omituntun 1.0, it took us up until November 2019 to flag off the first project. But under Omituntun 2.0, we flagged off a project in less than two weeks.
Let me also add that on September 15, former President Olusegun Obasanjo will join us to commission the 34.85 kilometres Oyo-Iseyin Road, a federal road, which we started under Omituntun 1.0 but have now completed within our first 100 days in office.
In practical terms, we have started strong and by the grace of God, we will finish strong.
You said your administration will be commissioning the Oyo-Iseyin Road, a federal road fixed by your government. Where do things stand with regards to the warning by the new Minister of Works, Engr. Dave Umahi, that the Federal Government does not have the means to refund states doing federal roads at this period…
He was with us about two weeks ago and he made the same statement. Of course, I also made it clear to him that as an administration, we would continue to do what is in the best interest of our people and if fixing federal roads is what will make life easier for them, we will not be deterred by the fact that the Federal Government cannot refund us immediately. He also said that the Ministry will keep the records for days when things would improve economically.
For us, if a road is important to our economy, we will fix it even if it is a federal road. You know the question I once asked? Oyo-Iseyin is a federal road, but is it federal people that use it? Is it not our people in Oyo State people that use it? The Oyo-Iseyin Road may be a federal road but it is quite important to our economy in Oyo State, as it passes through our agribusiness hub, the Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub.
During Omituntun 1.0, I visited the former Minister of Works and we got approval to fix the road and the Ministry even insisted that it must be fixed according to federal standards. So, yes, we are already putting in place development that is sustainable, having laid the foundation in the last four years.
We have also laid the groundwork for ensuring that we have a modern transportation system. We completed two bus terminals and another two have been progressing at a good pace. We also did set up infrastructure that made it possible for our airport to fuel airplanes for the first time since the Ibadan Airport was constructed. We are upgrading this airport to an international airport, which will serve as a viable alternative to the airport in Lagos.
One of the challenges faced by government at all levels in the last 100 and something days is the aftermath of the removal of fuel subsidy, with Nigerians groaning under the effects of the action, while the Federal Government and states have been coming up with palliative measures. How have things been in Oyo with regards to palliatives?
In Oyo State, we made it clear that we are not looking at palliatives. When we were about to launch the Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfER), I checked the dictionary and looked up the meaning of palliative. I saw that palliative is like a half measure; like treating the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause of the issue. So, we decided that is not what we want to do in Oyo State.
Yes, the people are faced with a lot of hardship as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy, but do we just address that hardship through a cosmetic approach or explore far-reaching solutions? In Oyo State, we want to attack the root cause of the hardship. And that is exactly what we are doing. We have introduced the SAfER packages, under which we are addressing the root cause of the poverty and hardship occasioned by the removal of subsidy.
We are saying that yes, it is not out of place to put in place short-term measures to cushion the effects of subsidy removal, but there must be a holistic and solid plan that goes beyond the immediate, which will have a lasting impact on the people.
As part of the temporary measures, we issued a directive that the number of Omituntun Buses on various routes in the state capital should be increased and that commuters should pay reduced fares, while we said that our senior citizens and students should board the buses at half price.
We have since built on that with the Transport section of our SAfER packages catering to residents of the state commuting from all the five zones of the state. Now, we have Omituntun Buses conveying travellers from Ibadan to Oyo, Ogbomoso, Ibarapa and Oke Ogun zones at a greatly reduced price.
But while the transport intervention may look good to some residents, some others may not even have any need to travel for months. So, how have you benefited those people? If you look at palliatives from the perspective of food distribution; there are people who rarely have need for food handouts, for instance farmers in rural centres. If we use this period to share only foodstuff, how have we benefited them? So, we consulted widely and we arrived at decisions that will be of the most benefit to the majority of Oyo State people.
We considered the importance of using these economic packages to stimulate our economy and bring about sustainable development. Through our SAfER package, we hope to ensure a softer landing for the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable through food relief. We have kick-started the distribution of food relief packages to about 200,000 households in the state. We also designed a component to address food security through direct intervention to our farmers, and that goes beyond just the immediate period. The state has distributed farm inputs to farmers across the local governments of the state.
There is another component that touches on health insurance. We are providing health insurance for 100,000 of our most vulnerable citizens. We will be paying the one-year health insurance premium of these people under the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) scheme, so that they have access to quality healthcare without paying out of pocket. We will also subscribe 50,000 pensioners to the scheme.
We are also setting aside the sum of N500 million as enterprise support fund for youth agropreneurs, who were trained under the Youth Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Project (YEAP) and have established businesses, while Small and Medium Scale Enterprises will also be able to access low-interest-rate loan through another tranche of N500 million. Traders, artisans and other small business operators can apply for these loans.
What should the people of Oyo State look forward to in the next three years and nine months?
We have shared our plans with the people of the state in our Oyo State Roadmap for Sustainable Development 2023-2027. So, they should look forward to four years of sustainable development refocused on the four pillars of Economy, Education, Healthcare and Security. We focused on the same four pillars in the last four years. That is why we have said that Omituntun 2.0 is an upgrade. We have assured our people that Omituntun 2.0 will be better than Omituntun 1.0. Though some people have said that second term administrations are usually very lax because the office holders are not looking for anything, that is not the case with us. We are looking for a strong legacy to bequeath to Oyo State.
Seyi Is My Son, Comforter Is My Daughter – Oyo Assembly Lawmaker Shares Tribute, Mourns Oyelade
Oyo Assembly Lawmaker Representing Ibadan North Constituency1, Hon(Dr) Olufunke Comforter Adeniyi Olajide has condoled with the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, and the people of Ibadan over the demise of Chief Lateef Oyelade.
In a condolence note made available to Journalists Saturday a copy forwarded to eaglessightnews.com.ng, Hon Olufunke Comforter described Ekefa Olubadan and Babasale Musulumi of Ibadanland, late Senior Chief Lateef Oyelade as a mentor, warrior, an exceptional man, a father to many, and a philanthropist whose impacts can never be forgotten.
The lawmaker explained that the demise of Baba Oyelade is a great loss not only to the Oyelade family but to the entire Ibadan land adding that Oyelade’s fatherhood style is worthy of emulation.
Comforter while walking down memory lane, narrated her experience with the late Baba Oyelade over 20 years ago, adding that the late Oyelade stood by her political pursuit from inception to the emergence and office assumption.
Comforter in a full tribute to the late Chief Lateef Oyelade writes;
“Awesome God, death killed a brave man, my good father, and a warrior.
“Baba Oyelade has been a word of father’s figure to me in terms of any challenges, he advised. He has taken me like his own daughter. I met him more than twenty years ago. And Baba has been there for me encouraging me many times without count.
“Even in my political pursuit, he has been there for me from inception until his demise.
“When I got my certificate of returns and my Inec certificate after winning the election, my team and I visited him and he prayed for us.
“Baba unknowingly to him that he wouldn’t be able to make it had earlier promised to visit me at the office to pray and I replied that I would be the one to be coming down.
“Baba in Yoruba Language would say ‘Comforter mi , Omo mi, Comfort yi ,eniyan mi ni, Omo mi dada.
“Baba shared different stories about his life and charged me with them.
“Baba was a man with a good heart,a giver,a philanthropist who always wanted everyone around him.
“Baba was a lover of Governor Makinde. During the election Baba will always say that Seyi is my son and you are my daughter.
“I have been praying and fasting that Seyi Makinde should win,. You are my daughter and you will equally win too.
“Baba mi , su re o.Adeiu “. Comforter, on this note prayed that the Lord grant Baba Oyelade eternal rest, adding that almighty grant the family, and the whole people of Ibadan land fortitude to bear the loss and that God raise more fathers worth of emulation to Ibadan Land.
How Ex-RCCG Pastor, New Soun Arrived With Private Chopper, Began 7-day Rites
A former pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ghandi Laoye, was on Friday installed as the new Soun of Ogbomoso in Oyo State.
The PUNCH had reported that Laoye, who was based in the United States, arrived in Ogbomoso early in the morning in a private chopper, which landed at the Ogbomoso Grammar School, before moving to the palace.
The Soun of Ogbomoso stool became vacant after Oba Jimoh Oyewumi passed away on December 12, 2021.
Our correspondent also gathered that the new monarch would spend seven days in seclusion, after which he would receive the staff of office from the state government. Few days ago, Laoye stepped down as a pastor and handed over to Pastor Olumide Ogunjuyigbe on the instruction of the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye .
Meanwhile, a member of the family opposed to Laoye’s nomination by the kingmakers, Muhammed Laoye, headed to court, arguing that the process that produced him was inconclusive. They added that a minority committee performed the task instead of the whole family members.
The family member in the suit marked HOG/27/2022 in July 2022 prayed the court to, among other reliefs, set aside the nomination and order a fresh process, noting that the procedure that produced him contravened the native law and custom for the selection of a new Soun.
The defendants in the case included the Oyo State Governor, state attorney general, commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters, Ogbomoso North Local Government Area, Ogbomoso North Traditional Council and Prince Amos Olawole Laoye (Mogaji Laoye Ruling House) who were the first to sixth defendants.
The seventh to 11th defendants were the kingmakers: Chief S O Otolorin, Areago of Ogbomoso and Chairman; Chief Salawu Ajadi, Jagun; Chief Tijani Abioye, Bara; Chief David Adeniran Ojo, Ikolaba; and Chief Yusuf Oladipupo, Abese; while the new Soun was the 12th defendant.
Akeredolu resumes office after returning from medical leave
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has resumed his duty after returning from Germany on Thursday, September 7th, after a 3months medical vacation.
Recall that in the Governor’s letter of 4th June 2023, which was written to the State House of Assembly, had informed of his proceeding on medical leave and later extended it indefinitely on 4th July 2023 following the doctor’s advice on the need for him to take adequate rest after recuperating.
But the Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, who received the letter on behalf of his co-lawmakers on Friday, said Governor Akeredolu has forwarded a letter of his resumption from medical vacation to the State House of Assembly.
According to Oladiji, the governor’s action is in line with Section 190(1)of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“According to the letter received today during the Parliamentary meeting of the House, the Governor resumed duty today, Friday, 8th September, 2023.
“The governor, in his letter, expressed gratitude to the lawmakers for their good wishes,” Oladiji said.
He said the governor expressed appreciation to God for bringing him back home hale and hearty and the entire people of Ondo State are glad to see him back in office.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Richard Olatunde, in a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Akure, said upon his return, Akeredolu convened a meeting with key stakeholders from Ondo State in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, where he landed.
The statement reads further; “Stakeholders present at the meeting included members of the State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oladiji Olamide; Members of the State Executive Council, led by the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa; National Assembly members, led by Senator Jide Ipinsagba; and Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) State Working Committee, led by the Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin.
“Other were: youth groups, led by the Ondo APC Youth Leader, Comrade Olawande Ayo Wisdom; Former Local Government Chairmen, led by Hon. Augustine Ogbesetore; and members of the Foundation of Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO).
“The wife of the Governor, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, also joined the Governor to receive the FOWOSO members.
“During the meeting, Governor Akeredolu formally handed over his resumption letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olamide and also provided a copy to the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who was in attendance.
“Governor Akeredolu said, “I came back yesterday, and as you know, it was a long journey. I decided that I must meet with you today. God has answered our prayers, and we give Him all the glory.”
“I can assure you that our return is to the glory of God and the prayers of all of you here, and those who wished us well, I thank you very much. God has done what the majority of our people wanted. Majority of our people here knelt down and prayed for our return, and we have returned.
“So, because we had to land here in Ibadan first, I said I have to meet with House of Assembly members here. We are here, and we are back. I am back, and by the grace of God, I will be alive to complete my full tenure in office.
“I want to tell you that I am back and will resume work immediately. This is my letter of resumption.”
“Governor Akeredolu, while meeting with members of the State Executive Council, informed them that he had presented his letter of resumption to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.
“He thanked the Executive Council members for their prayers and the good work they had done while he was on medical vacation.
100 Days: Makinde Has Sustained The Momentum Of Excellent Performance– Wale Ajani
Former aide of Gover
nor Seyi Makinde has commended his ex principal and leader over his performance in office in the first 100 days under Omituntun 2.0.
The ex Director General of Oyo State Liaison Office in Abuja and Lagos disclosed to journalists in a statement on Saturday that Governor has sustained the momentum of excellent performance amidst serious economic hardship.
Makinde who won his reelection for a second term in the 2023 governorship election was sworn in for a second term of office on May 29 and would have completely his first 100 days in office on September 10.
Ajani who recalled Makinde’s first 100 days in office during his first term tagged ‘Omituntun 1.0 noted that one of the most remarkable tasks carried out in line with the governor’s commitment to security of the state was the procurement of 100 unit of vehicles to bolster security operation.
He disclosed that the governor has again ordered the procurement of another set of 100 vehicles to further fortify the state’s security architecture among other notable programs in the first 100 days of his second while nicknaming Makinde as ‘Mr 100 over 100.’
Overwhelmed by the governor’s sustenance of what he called ‘aggressive infrastructural drive, Ajani said, Makinde’s flagged off of the dualization of 8.3km Akobo, Ojurin/Odogbo Barracks Olounda Abaa Junction within the first week of his second term when other governors were still basking in the euphoria of their electoral victories was almost unbelievable.
While also describing Makinde as ‘Mr No Nonsense, Ajani alluded to the fact that his personal discipline and integrity has continued to rub off positively on the transformation of Oyo state noting that the Governor’s shoes were daily becoming bigger to wear by whoever his successor would be.
The former President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria noted that the governor had also carried out projects commissioning within the last 100 days including an electric power project in Ona-ara local government implying that Makinde has also sustained his ‘reward for success is more work’s mantra.
“Governor Makinde’s first 100 days under Omititun 2.0 has been very remarkable, maybe because of his astonishing achievements during his first term, some of us are no longer surprised at his success rate and winning streaks.
“There’s no gainsaying that Governor Makinde hit the ground running immediately upon assumption of his second term of office and within a period other governors were still basking in the euphoria of their electoral victories, he already started flagging off and commissioning projects almost immediately.
“It is a pride for anyone who worked for and with His Excellency successfully because with his personal principles as ‘Mr no nonsense, unbended integrity, and demand on those working with him, for me I see him as a success propeller.
“With his achievements so far in just 100 days in office particularly procurement of 100 unit of vehicles to boost security operation in the state and other projects flag offs and commissioning, he has earned himself a pass mark and in my assessment, it is safe to nickname the governor ‘Mr 100 over 100.
“So, I want to passionately appeal for more support for governor Makinde. He is not perfect, he is not near perfection but he is consistent and consciously working towards perfection with his selfless approach to governance.” Ajani stated.
“We felt a very violent tremor, and I realised it was an earthquake,” Abdelhak El Amrani, 33, told AFP by telephone from Marrakesh.
“I could see buildings moving,” said Amrani who went outside, joining many other people, “all in shock and panic. The children were crying and the parents were distraught.”
“The power went out for 10 minutes, and so did the (telephone) network, but then it came back on,” he added. “Everyone decided to stay outside.”
Updated interior ministry figures on Saturday showed the quake killed 632 people, more than half of them in Al-Haouz and Taroudant provinces. The ministry also recorded deaths in Ouarzazate, Chichaoua, Azilal and Youssoufia provinces, as well as in Marrakesh, Agadir, and the Casablanca area.
Another 329 people were injured, including 51 in critical condition, the ministry said.
Faisal Baddour, an engineer, said he felt the earthquake three times in his building.
“There are families who are still sleeping outside because we were so scared of the force of this earthquake,” he said. “It was as if a train was passing close to our houses.”
Frenchman Michael Bizet, 43, who owns three traditional riad houses in Marrakesh’s old town, told AFP that he was in bed when the quake struck.
“I thought my bed was going to fly away. I went out into the street half-naked and immediately went to see my riads. It was chaos, a real catastrophe, madness,” he said.
Bizet shared a video of piles of rubble from collapsed walls in the streets.
Baba Relates A Perfect Muslim For Others To Emulate -Adanla Mourns Oyelade(Video)
The Turaki Adini of Oyo State Engr Abduljelyl Adekunle Karheem Mogaji Adanla has condoled with the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Dr. Mohood Lekan Balogun, and the people of Ibadan over the death of the Ekefa Olubadan and Babasale Musulumi of Ibadanland.
According to a condolence message made available to press men Saturday a copy forwarded to eaglessightnews.com.ng. the elder statesman, Adanla explained that the death of Baba Isale Musulumi of Ibadanland and Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadanland is not a loss to the Oyelade family alone but the the entire Muslims and people of Ibadanland. Eaglessightnews reports.
In the statement, Adanla described Baba Oyelade as a good example of a Muslim and community leader, adding that Baba Oyelade spent his whole life in service to humanity.
Mogaji Adanla narrating his encounter with Baba Oyelade and a good life spent by the demise charged the Muslims to do well and be prepared as no one knows when death will come.
In the full condolence message, Adanla writes:
“I saw Baba twice in the past 4-week. We sat together at the Ibadan Central mosque during the reception and thanksgiving I organized for the new chairman of the Muslim pilgrimage board chairman and last Saturday at Ibadan house on the inauguration of the new executives of the C C I I, I did not know that will be the last time of seeing baba.
“Finally as Muslims, we should be prepared as death can strike anyone at any time, My condolences to the Oyelade family, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, and the chief Imam of Ibadanland”
Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has condoled with the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Dr. Mohood Lekan Balogun and the people of Ibadanland over the death of the Ekefa Olubadan and Babasale Musulumi of Ibadanland, Senior Chief Lateef Oyelade.
The governor equally expressed his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of the late Senior Chief and the Muslim Ummah in Ibadanland, praying to God to grant repose to the soul of the late Chief Oyelade.
Describing the deceased elder statesman as a community man and an individual that was so passionate about Ibadan and Oyo State’s progress, Governor Makinde noted that the deceased contributed immensely to the growth of the city in his own ways.
He said: “I express my condolences to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Dr. Mohood Lekan Balogun and the traditional council, over the death of the Ekefa Olubadan, Senior Chief Lateef Oyelade.
“I equally condole with the immediate family of Baba and the Muslim Ummah in Ibadanland to whom he was a patron and a great figure as Babasale Musulumi of Ibadanland.
“I pray that Allah SWT grants him Aljanah Firdaus.”
The Oyo State Government has described the Food distribution exercise under the Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfER) as a testing ground that has thrown up it’s own challenges and success.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade in spite of the challenges, the exercise was able to reach most vulnerables in all the 33 local governments in the state and therefore a success.
The food distribution exercise which is the first phase of SAfER consists of only 25% of the food to be distributed to identified poorest of the poor in the state.
The commissioner said that henceforth government will ensure that desperate and violent-minded people are not allowed to hijack the exercise from the organisers.
It will be recalled that organisers were overwhelmed in certain areas particularly in Ibadan zone and were forced to disperse the Food items in their custody for fear of being lynched.
Prince Oyelade however, said that the items distribution went according to plan in other areas of the state.
While assuring that the next phase which will begin in due course will be better implemented, Oyelade said that food items distribution is only an aspect of SAfER.
Other areas like Transportation, Health care Insurance, Food Security and Agriculture are also very active.
On transportation, 46 buses have been provided out of which 31 of them ply intra-city routes in Ibadan, while the others ply other key towns in Oyo state at a very reduced cost.
This transportation project has been so successful that private transport owners have had to complain about the reduction in government buses fares.
The plan of government to provide N500m as loans to small and micro entrepreneurs is also afoot and has reached advanced stage with the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) with seven micro finance banks across the state.
On Health, the SAfER Initiative has identified 50,000 pensioners as qualified to be enrolled in the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) free of charge, while 100,000 vulnerable residents will be enrolled for free treatment under the same scheme.
Under food security, the State Government earmarked N1bn as loans for Small scale farmers, and Youths Entrepreneurs and Agiculture businesses (YEAP) at N500m each.
The loans are being midwifed by financial institutions and the Agricultural Credit Corporation of Oyo state.
Prince Oyelade said these are long poverty alleviation plans of the state government that take immediate effect and that is why Governor Seyi Makinde has said that in Oyo state, we do not operate a Palliative plan, but SAfER plan, which is more enduring.
On the phase 2 of the Food distribution project, Governor Makinde has assured the people that the little anomalies identified in a few areas will be corrected.
Recall that while the State Government awaits the full complement of the N5bn promised by the Federal Government, Governor Makinde ordered the deployment of over N8bn, which includes the N2.6bn from the 33 local governments and this is the money that are being used to pay the bills of the SAfER initiative.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, recalled that Governor Seyi Makinde said the people of Oyo State will be well-informed about what he will use the N5bn from the Federal Government for.
Oyo Commences Operation At New Model Smart School, As UBEC Hands Over Structure
The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, on Thursday said all is set for the commencement of operation in the newly constructed model smart school, Sogunro, Akinyele, Ibadan.
The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Jacob Dairo, said this during a handover of the structure to the Board by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.
During the handover, Dairo applauded UBEC on its commitment to technical and digital education in the State.
He equally said the Oyo State Government, through the Board has not relented in its bid to equip the younger generation with the requisite skills to remain competitive in the global economy.
Mr. Dairo added that the place of education in the attainment of national development and transformation cannot be relegated to the background.
The federal government through the Universal Basic Education Commission and the Oyo State Government constructed the Model smart school at Sogunro area, Akinyele Local Government.
Mr. Dairo, who was recently appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Board by Governor Seyi Makinde, said the goal is to prioritize digital and technical education towards attaining socioeconomic development in the younger generation and make them competitive.
The Executive Secretary said officials are ready for full academic activities, which will commence in September.
Mr. Dairo said the school will accommodate pre-basic class; Special Education; Basic 1-3 and Junior Secondary School 1-2 pupils.
“All is set for the school’s take-off in the new school calendar. The school will enhance the quality of teaching, learning and the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) of our pupils”, he said.
“We commend the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, for its support in uplifting basic education in the State, as well as moves to eliminate out-of-school syndrome”.
“Equally, we appreciate Governor Seyi Makinde in the implementation of qualitative basic education in the State. The visit was meant to assess the level of the project in readiness for the next session”, he added.
Also speaking, a representative of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mrs. Sherifat Lawal, reiterated the commitment of the federal government to Basic Education in Oyo State.
She also said the objectives of the Commission is to assist all States in the development of smart schools projects, and to improve the access of teachers and pupils to quality teaching and learning materials.
The Zonal consultant, UBEC, Arc. Sanya Akindele said the school has classrooms for pupils with special needs, Pre-basic, Primary and JSS classes.
He added that the school is equipped with a Robotic laboratory, vocational laboratories, Clinic, ICT room and an e-library.
Akindele also eulogized Governor Seyi Makinde, for his commitment to the project.
Arc. Akindele added that the project is an opportunity to open up e-learning and expose pupils to computers at an early age, saying the school is fully computerised by UBEC/SUBEB.
“The way forward is ICT and this will give them a jump-start in life”, he said.
The Chairman, Sogunro community, Mr. Jimoh Wasiu who applauded Governor Seyi Makinde and the OYOSUBEB, said the project will contribute to the development of the community.
Recently, the Desk officer, Oyo state Smart School, Mrs. Olaide Ladipo led a monitoring team, including officials of the Ministry of Energy and the host local government round facilities at the model smart school.
She disclosed that registration has commenced online through www.oyostatesmartschool.com for admission, adding that the entrance examination will come up on Monday, September 11, 2023.
Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board,
September 8, 2023.
Lere Olayinka, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former aide to ex-Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has asked the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to go and rest, stressing that it is time for younger Nigerians to lead the party.
Olayinka, who was the PDP House of Representatives candidate for Ekiti Central Federal Constituency II in the 2023 National Assembly election, said the PDP should blame itself for losing the presidential election.
He said this while speaking on a Television Continental (TVC) program on Thursday and Silverbird Television programme, NewsHub on Friday morning, on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal judgment, which affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Olayinka said that he did not expect anything different from the tribunal, saying that “it is a waste of time going to court to challenge an election the PDP should have won so easily”.
“How do you prove malpractices in an election held in over 176,000 polling units when it is mandatory that you must call witnesses in all polling units where you alleged irregularities? For instance, if you claimed irregularities in 10,000 polling units, how do you bring 10,000 party agents to the court to give evidence?” he asked.
Speaking further, Olayinka said, “Therefore, it is better to do all that you must do within the ambit of the law to win instead of waiting to lose and go to the Tribunal.”
He pointed out that opposition parties, especially the PDP had all the chance to win the election, but bungled the opportunity, adding that “disjointed opposition has never been victorious against any ruling party”.
He continued, “When you choose to sacrifice five governors for a single National Chairman, you should know that the result will be a failure.
“And after planning to fail, you now want the court to help you remedy your own failure? Who does that?
“Look at the Presidential Election results and tell me how Tinubu’s APC would have won if the PDP had played its game well.
“You chose a single National Chairman over and above Governors Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde, Samuel Ortom, Okezie Ikpeazu and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. You lost former Governors like Ayo Fayose in Ekiti, Jonah Jang in Plateau, Ibrahim Shema in Katsina, as well as several sitting National Assembly members.
“You chose to suspend and expel National Assembly candidates of the party. You were more interested in what you thought was taking State Party structures from major stakeholders of the party by dissolving State Party Excos. And some people were busy calling you President-in-waiting?
“So where are those praise singers now? Where are those who said that the likes of Wike, Fayose and others who stood by the PDP after the 2015 electoral loss were nobody? Were they even at the Tribunal on Wednesday? So painful!
“Most importantly, in 2015, it took the coming together of four opposition parties to defeat PDP.
“However, in 2023, the opposition was divided into three – PDP, Labour Party (LP) and New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP).
“In the presidential election, opposition PDP, LP and NNPP had a total of 14,582,740 while APC had 8,794,726 votes.
“The difference between APC votes and those of the opposition parties was 5,788,014, meaning that if the opposition parties had presented a common front, the election would have been won so easily.
“Therefore, rather than dissipate energies and resources, going from one court to the other in search of an electoral victory that the opposition threw away by itself, what should be happening is a rebuild towards 2027, with younger Nigerians taking the lead.”
How I wish MAKINSSON Will Be On Ballot Paper In 2027 – IJOBA AUTHORITY
One of the reasons why I soliloquize most times in a closet is that, can we still have a Man like Engr. Abiodun Oluseyi (Saheed) Makinde FNSE on the ballot in 2027?
If yes we can, how can we find him? How do we know him? Who will identify him? At what time, period, or stage will he emerge? What is or are the circumstances that will showcase him?
These are various questions and many other numerous ones that come to my mind whenever I see his unrelenting hardworking spirit overing about the Oyo State heaven in other to have her own haven in a Seren atmosphere for his people.
Little wonder, some people could not understand his semantics and methods of discharging leadership capacity rather, they only observe him from afar until they come in close contact with him in the closet. Gov. Makinde is a free, simple empowered mind with undisputed virtues not commonly seen ubiquitously but infused jealously.
His coming to contest the election to become Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2007, and 2011 wasn’t a joke or a waste of time or what some people called a wasted effort in futility. He came to the rescue, responding to the yearnings of a common man who can’t afford to send their children to school. He came to wrestle with unseen powered cankerworms in human flesh, eating the fabrics of the voiceless, milking and infringing on their civic right to freedom of speech, right to life, and access to Good Governance a Politics that brings democracy to the grassroots.
He came to raise a hopeless future to have a brand new foundation to build upon, make a son of nobody become a renowned somebody, and allow Young emerging energetic minds to strive by tearing and destroying the shackles used by those at the corridor of powers dictating who becomes something at a predicted someday.
In 2015, after he had lost the elections twice to be Senator in Oyo South to the son of former PDP Chieftain, late Alh. Ariyibi Adedibu, Distinguished Sen. Kamorudeen Adedibu, and Late former Governor of Oyo State, Distinguished Sen. Isiaq Akanji Abiola Ajimobi contested Governorship ticket under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primary and won to be on the general ballot paper but didn’t succeed at that time because they never believed in him but after his money especially those who he taught were loyal to him, those he met along the political journey, the juggernauts, vilified politicians, those who believe in eat finish couldn’t see what he saw and be fixed to be committed to his course for the good people of Oyo State and beyond.
After the whirlwind that happened, and for the appointed time that came in 2019, he re-contested as Governorship candidate to be the flag-bearer of our Party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and won surprisingly before some small minds, though they still didn’t believe he can win and were trying all their possible humanly powers to upturn the result of the will of the people to their advantage victory. Yet, God did disappoint them woefully and gallantly. This was why you see a lot of enemies behind, beside, before, and after him so as not to succeed in any areas.
Today, he has been vindicated across boards. Those who didn’t think he could be successful thus far in politics and governance are now part and parcel of his stardust believing that he is God’s Sent Man (GSM) to humanity and not Oyo State alone. He has proven them wrong by many standards, he has made many first achievements so far that many refer to him as Awolowo Incarnate truly.
As a young chap, for two decades studying the leadership moves, and philanthropic waves of Engr. Seyi Makinde does not doubt that he is a man of his tongues hence the reasons why I will continue to believe in him and trust his process as I wish he could make the 2027 ballot for another third term but ………..
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Moyosoreoluwa Olamilekan Eldreez codenamed IJOBA AUTHORITY MOE Dynasty World-Wide writes from the home of Generals Ibadan North East World.
Engr Akeem Olatunji who is also the PDP Chairmanship Candidate for Oluyole LG explained that the meeting aimed at uniting all the party stakeholders to synergize for the victory of the Local Government ahead of 2024.
In a draft report forwarded to journalists Wednesday a copy personally forwarded to eaglessightnews.com.ng the entourage were led by the Chairman of PDP in Oluyole, Alh Adegbola Mukaila, a two terms House of Representatives Member, Hon Depo Oyedokun, and a former House of Assembly Member, Hon Luku Salau.
” Charity begins at home, and no doubt Oluyole PDP is starting stronger with all the critical stakeholders coming together ahead of 2024 Local Government’s election in Oluyole Local Government.” Olatunji stated this explaining that the entourage had earlier visited the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Hon Olawale Mogbonjubola Jagaban, House of Assembly Member representing Oluyole, Hon Waheed Akintayo Ilumoka Presenter, and Pacesetter Transport Services Chairman and Sole Administrator, Hon Ibraheem Oladeji Salami Dikko before they came to his resident.
Olatunji stated that they are building aggressively on the popularity and general acceptance of Governor Seyi Makinde, and the target is to win by landslide in a free and fair electoral contest across the 229 polling booths in Oluyole including the polling booths of the opposition political parties candidates. Eaglessightnews reports.
Oyo Govt, Christian Mission Offer Free Hydrocele Surgery to 100 Indigent Patients
The Oyo State Government through the Primary Health Care Board, in partnership with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) has commenced surgical intervention for 100 indigent patients with Hydrocele and Lymphedema Management across thirty-three local government areas of Oyo State.
While Speaking on Sunday, at Oke-Are Primary Health Care Center, Ibadan, venue of the surgery, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State, Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Muideen Olatunji disclosed that the programme was targeted at indigent patients who cannot afford the operation in any Private Hospital.
According to him, “the board in conjunction with Christian Blind Mission (CBM) is offering free Surgical intervention on Hydroceles and Lymphedema Management for close to 90 to 100 indigent patients across 33 local government areas of the state.”
“We have one of our programme interventions that we refer to as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and there are many diseases under the NTDs, one of them is this hydrocele and many people tend to have these health issues. The health issue tends to cause embarrassment to whoever has it, so CBM is supporting us to operate on most of these people that may have financial challenges”, he said.
“We are conducting this programme in 33 local government areas of the state and we have mobilized people through our local NTDs coordinators to search for those who may have features, to enlist them and bring them to this facility to be operated free of charge”.
“Today, we operated more than ten, and we wish to go further and continue with the programme, using this place as the central point that patients will be coming. In fact, there is a commission for them, when they come, like the cost of transport back home will be taken care of because we understand that they are not financially buoyant.
He said the gesture by the partners and the Oyo State Government is to support them, urging them to visit Oyo state primary health facilities for follow ups.
“You know the government has already renovated and upgraded most of these facilities”, he said
“The turnout is so impressive, and we are still expecting some that have these kinds of diseases”.
Earlier in his speech, the Project Director, Christian Blind Mission (CBM) Enan Williams Adamani, who spoke through the Project Manager, Elizabeth Ezeobele, explained that the organization is in partnership with the Oyo state government to conduct lymphatic Filariasis morbidity and management disability prevention for residents of the state.
He maintained that the Oyo state government through the Primary Health Care Board focused on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
He commended the Oyo state government and its officials for the support they have shown towards the success of the programme.
While speaking on behalf of his son, who was among the beneficiaries, Mr. Sheriff Adeyemo, applauded the governor of the state for the gesture.
He also thanked the partner and medical team for prompt and qualitative health care given to his son at no cost.
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, on Wednesday, upheld the election of President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
The five-man panel of the Tribunal was led by Justice Haruna Tsammani.
This development followed petitions filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar; the Labour Party and its candidate, Peter Obi, challenging the victory of Tinubu as the winner of the presidential election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission on March 1.
Tinubu scored a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku and Obi, who polled 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively.
The leadership of the Labour Party has rejected the outcome of Wednesday’s judgment at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal after its petitions were dismissed by the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led panel.
The development is coming a few hours after the judges threw out the petitions filed by LP lawyers, which the court said was ‘clearly based on rhetoric.’
Some of the claims made by the petitioners included the nullification of the declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the election for failing to score 25 per cent in the FCT; Tinubu’s incompetence to contest the election following his forfeiture in the United States; and failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission to transmit results to INEC election results viewer among others.
Reacting in a statement issued in Abuja, National Publicity Secretary of LP, Obiora Ifoh, swore that the party will not accept the outcome of the judgment.
While urging all their supporters to remain calm, Ifoh further hinted that they would consult with their lawyers before the party could make its position known on the next step to take.
He said, “The Labour Party watched with dismay and trepidation the dismissal of petitions by the five-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court led by Justice Haruna Tsammani today and we reject the outcome of the judgment in its entirety because justice was not served and it did not reflect the law and the desire of the people.
“Nigerians were witnesses to the electoral robbery that took place on February 25, 2023, which was globally condemned but the Tribunal in its wisdom refused to accept the obvious. What is at stake is democracy and we will not relent until the people will prevail.
“We salute the doggedness of our team of lawyers who fearlessly exposed the wrath in our system. We can only weep for democracy in Nigeria but we refuse to give up on Nigeria. Details of the party’s position will be presented after consultation with our lawyers after the Certified True Copy of the judgement is made available to us. We urge all lovers of democracy to remain focused and hopeful because a new Nigeria is possible.”
Group Extends Sympathies to Hon. Dikko and His Family on the Loss of His Father, Dr. Salami Olagoke
A media group has expressed its deep sadness upon hearing the news of the passing of Pa (Dr.) Salami Liadi Olagoke, the father of Hon Dr. Ibraheem Oladeji Salami (DIKKO), the Chairman and Sole Administrator of Oyo State Pacesetter Transport Services (PTS).
Pa Dr. Salami Olagoke passed away on Monday, September 4th, and was laid to rest on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023, in accordance with Islamic rites.
In a condolence message, the team’s coordinating leader, Dig. Comrade Moyosoreoluwa Olamilekan Eldreez, also known as Ijoba Authority MOE, conveys the media team’s heartfelt sympathy to the family of PTS Chairman, Hon (Dr.) Ibraheem Oladeji Salami DIKKO, for the loss of his father, a financial expert. He describes this loss as significant not only for the family but also for the people of Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole.
According to the statement, Pa Dr. Salami Olagoke served as Oyo State Accountant General from 2011 to 2015 during Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s first term in office as Executive Governor of Oyo State.
“The news of the passing of one of the most active, vibrant, hardworking, and resourceful financial experts came as a shock to me and everyone in Oyo State. We are deeply saddened by the loss of this icon. He was a patriotic, selfless, and philanthropic man who dedicated himself to the service of Oyo State.
The Oyo State Government has sealed off some commercial banks as well as telecommunications masts around Ibadan metropolis.
The Enforcement team of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, led by the Director, Land Use Charge, Esv. Olufisayo Ogunbiyi, during an Enforcement tour around the city of Ibadan, said the action was due to non-compliance with payment of revenue to the coffers of the state government.
According to the Director, Land Use Charge, the commercial banks and the telecommunications outfits have been served notices before the enforcement team visited them.
He assured that once they pay the required Land use charge, their premises would be re-opened for business.
He noted that the Oyo State Government has zero tolerance for non-compliance to its policies, hence all business owners should ensure payment of charges to the state government account to ensure their businesses are not disrupted as the exercise is still continuing.
The Director, Land Use Charge equally appealed to residents of the state to contact the Ministry on 0700 OYO LANDS (070069652637) or send an email to email@example.com for enquiries.
Rate payers can also make Land Use Charge Payment by visiting pay.lands.oyostate.gov.ng, while people can make an online payment by downloading Oyo State Property Reference System (OYPRS) through Google Play Store or App Store which will identify the building/property and land use charge outstanding.
Amongst the team that went out for the enforcement are Land Officers as well as representatives of Private Networks Nigeria Ltd, the IGR Consultant for Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development
OY-CARES: Governor Seyi Makinde Led Government Disburses Cash to 3,510 Beneficiaries
The Oyo State Government has kicked off the presentation of debit cards and disbursement of cash to 3,510 beneficiaries of Oyo State Covid-19 Action Recovery And Economic Stimulus (OY-CARES).
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Hon Mrs Toyin Balogun, during the flag-off, stated that part of the Sustainable Development Agenda of the present administration is to contribute towards rejuvenating and redeeming the hope of the hopeless,poorest of the poor and vulnerable groups like widows,single mothers without a means of sustenance,youth and children using the platform of the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Inclusion.
OY-CARES: Governor Seyi Makinde Led Government Disburses Cash to 3,510 Beneficiaries
Hon. Mrs. Toyin Balogun presentated the debit cards and cash to beneficiaries of OY-CARES at the Ibadan North Local Government Area Secretariat, Ibadan.She was supported on this assignment by the PS of the Ministry Mrs Popoola,the Executive Chairman of the Council Hon Waheed Akanbi and notable community leaders like Baba Ismaila Ashipa,Iya Mukeso ,Baba Ajuwon,Hon Mustapha( Vice Chairman),Hon Akubuike and Hon Seun Olufade among others
She stressed further that 1,755 individuals from 18 Local Government Areas had benefited in the first phase of the program for a whole year and the remaining 15 LGAs out of the existing 33LGAs will benefit from this program and would enjoy the same benefit of N20,000 once in 2 months for the next one year.
Hon. Balogun added that the program (OY-CARES) is sequel to the COVID-19 pandemic, sponsored by the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria with counterpart funds from all State Governments, to ameliorate the economic pain that is biting hard on the citizens coupled with results of subsidy removal.
She therefore assured that the citizens of Oyo State will enjoy more dividends of democracy as the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion rolls out more socio-developmental policies and projects for the wellbeing of the people in the State.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Mrs. Dolapo Popoola stated that 3,510 individuals will benefit from the whole program (is both 1st and 2nd batches) of the social components of OY-CARES Intervention.
The Honourable Commissioner also adviced beneficiaries not to fritter away this grant but to ensure to start a Micro Business however small as this grant was a seed which if managed properly can translate them from being part of the Poorest of the Poor to eventually becoming economically stable.
GSM HENCHMEN: SUPPORTING THE CITIZENS AND UPLIFTING THE STATE
Even with the increased socioeconomic crises in the country, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, keeps raising the bar of leadership with his skillful management of the people and resources. Showing empathy and compassion for the plight of the citizens has become an idiosyncrasy of the Oyo State Government under GSM.
Have you ever wondered why GSM, as he’s fondly called, always comes up with prompt solutions to different problems in the state? Then you need a searchlight into his administration to understand the enormous contributions of sagacious individuals around the governor, people who are ardently committed to effective and efficient service delivery in the state.
While paying rapt attention to the system, I have carefully identified a handful of people around the governor, but there is one individual whose dedication and contributions to the success of this administration and the progress of the state are unmatched. He’s a skilled manager of interest and a reliable team player. That henchman is Otunba Seye Famojuro.
Balogun Bobajiro of Orile Igbon is a man of many impacts. His rare ability to resolve issues, identify potential, support efforts, and manage interest has endeared him to people across the state. Above all, he is humble in his power.
Otunba exhibited some rare attributes in recent days that made him stand out among his contemporaries. His desire to cushion the effects of economic hardship coupled with his determination to see GSM succeed made him go out of his comfort zone to monitor the distribution of palliatives across the State. He personally supervised the distribution meticulously to make sure that the targeted population got the relief in a complete package without being shortchanged.
On his way back to Ibadan, there was a spectacular incident that confirmed again that Otunba Seye is totally concerned about the plight of ordinary citizens in Oyo State. While passing through, he saw that some vehicles that were transporting charcoal were stopped by unidentified individuals at Ijaye near Moniya. Otunba stopped his car and went there personally to investigate what was happening.
He discovered that those traders were stopped by unlicensed persons who extorted N1,700 on every bag of charcoal without permission from the necessary authorities. These innocent traders have been extorted for a long time, but behold, the presence of Otunba that day brought enormous joy to their hearts as they were free to do their business without unnecessary pressure from non-state actors. The culprits were handed over to security agents and are presently facing the wrath of the law.
With his personality, Otunba Seye is a bundle of blessings to the administration of His Excellency, and his prudent approaches to issues have helped the state get over many challenges. While Otunba continues to work with Governor Seyi Makinde to uplift the state, his support for the citizens will always be reckoned with.
Ogunwoye Samson Gbemiga,
Member GSM Advocate,
Safer: Ibadan North Residents Agog, Commends Makinde Food Relief Package (See Photos)
The residents of Ibadan North Local Government were thrilled yesterday and commended Governor Makinde as they received palliative packages in various wards across Ibadan North Local Government metropolises.
Eaglessightnews recalls that the Safer Packages is part of the measure to cushion the effects of subsidy removal as promised by the state Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde.
Recall that Governor Makinde and the assigned coordinators of the safer project officially flagged off the Palliatives project last week Wednesday.
Earlier on Monday the distribution of the safer package was flagged off in the Local Government after The Executive Chairman of Ibadan North Local, Hon Waheed Akanbi ‘Biro’ in line with the directive of the state government had a stakeholder meeting with HLA, Representatives of Traditional Rulers, Director of Education Services, Representatives of Christian Faith, Muslim Community and Isese adherents, Representative of Pensioners, Representative of Market Leaders, Representative of Security Institution and Representative of Youth Organisations for proper monitoring of the exercise.
The Executive Chairman, Hon Waheed during the brief meeting explained that Governor Makinde in his kind-hearted and fairness instructed the committee to be constituted so that the exercise would be properly coordinated and monitored.
Reacting to the development, the religious leaders, traditional rulers, and various groups well represented in the local government commended the palliatives exercise, adding that Makinde has done well to include them in the exercise and described the idea as exceptional.
The food relief package which contained a bag of 10kg rice, 5kg bag of beans, 5kg bag of yam flour, and 1kg bottle of vegetable has earlier been stated by the government to mitigate the effects of subsidy removal on the residents.
The first phase of the exercise which started yesterday and lasted today has however received huge thumb-ups from the residents of Ibadan North Local Government. Eaglessightnews correspondents reported.
Reacting and commending the exercise, some of the residents of Ibadan North Local Government including less-privileges, old people, disabled, widows, orphans, and others who received the food relief packages across all wards in the LG have expressed their profound appreciation to the state governor for keeping to promise, adding that Makinde Safer Packages will at least mitigate the effects subsidy removal have been having on them.
Meanwhile, there were other reports of commotion in some wards within the LG where the palliatives were distributed. The major local government areas affected were Wards 1, 4 and 11. The situations however were controlled and the package got to the targeted people as planned by the state government.
The commotion, according to a report gathered by Eaglessightnews correspondence was caused by impatience and several attempts by some residents in the Local Government to hijack the exercise for their selfish reasons.
Reacting to the incident, the Executive Chairman of the Ibadan North Local Government Hon Waheed Akanbi’Biro’ has implored the residents to be more patient to allow free and fair supervision of the exercise, adding that the palliatives are in phases and assured that it will get to the targeted members of the community as planned by the state government
2024: We’ll focus on fixing intra-city roads, recruitment of pry school teachers, others- Makinde
.Says Olodo Road, Bridge’ll be fixed, appeals for calm
Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, said on Monday that the government would move to fix about 100 kilometres of internal roads in Ibadan, the state capital and that once it is able to succeed with that, the effort would be replicated across the state.
He also expressed the readiness of his administration to kick-start the process for the employment of primary school teachers to fill the gap left by the secondment of teachers to secondary schools and retirements.
This was as the governor called on residents of Olodo Area of Ibadan to be patient with the government,promising that the collapsed Olodo Bridge would be fixed, but that all the proper things needed to be done so as to have a lasting solution.
Governor Makinde gave these indications while responding to contributions from stakeholders at the Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on the 2024 Budget, held at the Gamaliel Onosode Hall, International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
Earlier, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Professor Musibau Babatunde, had noted that the state government introduced the stakeholders’ engagement with a view to developing budgets that meet the yearning of the people, adding that the initiative had been helpful in producing a bottom-up approach to development in the state.
He equally stated that the inputs of the people of the state captured in the 2023 Budget were being implemented, and that the performance of the 2023 Budget had reached 75 per cent.
Describing the stakeholders’ meeting as very important, Governor Makinde called on residents of the state across the seven zones to come out and tell government representatives the developments they want in their areas.
He said: “I would love to thank everyone here for giving out your time and bringing up issues, whether they are palatable or not. I am already committed to this feedback mechanism and we will make the time and give you that assurance.”
Addressing a contribution on education infrastructure, the governor said the administration did an audit and found that it would require close to N46 billion to fix the infrastructure gap in the schools.
He noted that though his government had spent about N10 billion on building school infrastructure in the last four years, it is obvious that the challenges in the sector needed more efforts and that the government would do more, even in the face of limited resources.
“Since this is a stakeholders’ engagement for the 2024 budget, let me say this; for four years that I have been here, we have been paying the SUBEB/UBEC counterpart fund. But all the projects done under SUBEB/UBEC are around N2.5bn per year. So, quite frankly, within these last four years, maybe we have spent N10 billion on SUBEB.
“We carried out an exercise and found out that we require close to N46 billion to fix our schools. On the repair of the leaking roofs, chairs, and other things, we are looking at solutions but one thing that I will ask the Commissioner for Education to push for in the 2024 budget is extra money over and above what we can get from the SUBEB/UBEC effort. To bridge this gap, we need to spend at least N12bn every year, and let us see how far we can go so that we can start fixing those schools.”
Governor Makinde, who declared that his government’s renovation of the Primary Health Centres had been successful and that it remained the best in the country, said the government would have completed the renovation of all 351 PHCs by 2024 and that it would also see to the staffing and equipment of the centres.
“On primary health care centres, yes, we had an issue with the implementation of the project because we didn’t achieve what we set out to achieve. It is a difficult venture really. There is no state in Nigeria that has succeeded in tackling this. Actually, the best that anyone has ever achieved in this country is what we have achieved in Oyo State on the issue of PHCs. But, to us, the best outcome is what we will accept.
“So, we will take another stab at it because we have the money. We have been to PHCs about four times and most of the bottlenecks we have will be addressed.
“I think a fully functional, developed category 3 health care centre will happen. Before this exercise next year, by the grace of God, we should have been done with the 351 category 3 PHCs in Oyo State. Equipping and staffing them also will be sorted out. We know it is a big challenge. Though we have done a few things we have not achieved what we planned to achieve. So, it has been noted and I will also advise the Commissioner for Budget to pay special attention to it to ensure much more is added to the budget,” he said.
The governor equally promised to give further attention to youth development, saying the government will continue to remain loyal and committed to its youths.
He said: “From the youth representative, you spoke about employment and skill acquisition. Of course, we did that under Omituntun 1.0 when we sent some of our youths to Nasarawa State to learn modern agri-business techniques.
“Some of them are excelling while some need support to break out and under the SAfER package, we already have N1 billion; N500 million for agripreneurs and N500 million for small scale businesses.
“In the 2024 budget, you will have at least N1bn. It should be something that we will keep moving but you need to encourage yourselves to get organised. The only way you can get benefits from what the government is trying to put on the table is to be prepared to work very hard as there is nothing that is free to get.”
Responding to a contribution from the Civil Coalition for Good Governance about the environment and sanitation, the governor said the sanitation laws will be enforced going forward.
He, however, declared that it is better for residents of the state to do things properly so that the government will not need to spend money that can be put to other use on enforcement of sanitation laws.
“I want to let you know that enforcement also costs money. If I want to arrest those disposing of refuse on the medians of our road, the government needs to fund the process because we will have to pay those who will arrest offenders. So, if our people will do things properly, we will spend less money on enforcement.
“I must also say that I have made up my mind on this. Before this month runs out, all the people at the entry points into this state should be warned not to break the rule on sanitation law. All of that will go and we will put in the resources for the implementation.”
Other issues addressed by the governor included the funding of the agency for people living with disability, infrastructure and other sectors, with the governor insisting that the administration would leave no stone unturned in its bid to make life better for residents of the state.
Oyo Govt to pull down shops built into schools’ fences, as gov gives ultimatum
.Says ‘we’ll revisit waste management architecture
Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has issued a one-week ultimatum to owners of shops built into the perimeter fences of public schools in the state to pull down the shops and stop all trading activities, stating that the government would bring sanity to the school environment ahead of students’ resumption.
The governor maintained that the government intends to make the learning environment in the state more conducive.
He decried the worrisome situation in which the learning environment is being compromised with trading activities close to school entrance.
Governor Makinde stated this shortly after inspecting some public schools in Ibadan, the state capital, in the early hours of Tuesday.
The governor equally monitored the waste management situation across the state capital, noting that the government would come up with a strategic plan to make the environment what everyone would be proud of.
He said: “The entrance is almost blocked by people who have their shops very close to the entrance of the school, which is not conducive for learning. So, we have gone round and what we are saying is that if you have anything attached to the fence of a school, you must remove it.
“We are going to give them about a week to remove those things. They should clear them so that when our children come back to school, we will know they are coming into an environment conducive to learning.
“Also, we have taken the opportunity to look at the situation with solid waste management. You can see most medians have become dumpsites but this has to stop.
“Where we have single carriage roads, you don’t see people dump their waste by the roadside. How come they have made the medians the dumpster?
“So, we will, again, go back to the drawing board because something is not obviously working with the architecture that we have in place.
“We are working to look into what has to be done next to have the kind of environment that we really want to be proud of.”
Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Monday, maintained that his administration would continue the tradition of engaging with residents of the state on the making of the state’s annual budget, noting that this would help the government to serve the people better.
He stated that his administration began the tradition in 2019 after noticing that the budgetary performances of the state were abysmally low before he assumed office, stating that the initiative had resulted in better budget performances and development.
The governor stated this while speaking at the Stakeholders’ Consultative and Engagement Meeting on 2024 Budget, held at the Gamaliel Onosode Hall of the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
Governor Makinde, who noted that his administration would continue to put the interest of Oyo State people first in everything it does, said the 2023 budget performance of the state would have reached 80 per cent by the end of the year, as it is already at 75 per cent, which he described as a pass mark.
Urging residents of the state to take the engagement meetings, which would be held across the seven zones of the state seriously as inputs from the meetings would be captured in the budget, the governor said: “We are here again to kick off another stakeholders’ meeting and this time, it is for the 2024 budget.
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“Like some of the goodwill messages already pointed out, we have held this conversation since 2019 when we assumed office. It is not just a yearly ritual; it is an exercise that is extremely important.
“Before we came in, budget performance was like 30 per cent and sometimes, you just look at the budget and you see that they are just overblowing what they did.
“We are not coming around for this exercise just for the fun of it. The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning said we are at 75 per cent performance and before the end of the year, we will surely go beyond 80 per cent. I believe this is a pass mark.
“Thoughtfully, the people of Oyo State gave us an opportunity to serve them better. So, we will continue to hold this stakeholders’ engagement under my watch for another three years.
“For those who are familiar with this meeting, you know there was a time when we consulted stakeholders in the five zones now broken into seven zones, as we have Ibadan Main City and what I will call Ibadan Greater City and not Lesser City. And we also have Oke Ogun Zones I and II.
“The inputs we get from all these places are extremely important, because anything that you can put in the budget, if you are getting 75 to 80 per cent performance, it means you have 75 to 80 per cent chances that whatever you put in there will get done.
“So, we must let our people know that this is not a jamboree. It is an avenue for our people to let us know what they want us to do for them.”
The governor equally advocated for a better synergy between the state and the local governments so they can serve the interests of the people better, noting that the creativity of his government has helped it to achieve the construction of Oyo-Iseyin Road, a federal road and the rebuilding of Akesan Market, Sasha Market and the Iseyin City Hall, which were local government projects.
The governor declared that it does not matter who does whatever project as much as it is about serving the interests of the people, noting that the administration will continue to deploy the same creativity across every sector by ensuring that it does its best to ensure that cosmetic approaches are not applied to issues.
The governor gave the example of how the administration has been handling the post-subsidy removal challenges, stating that the administration launched the SAfER packages rather than just embarking on palliatives, which he noted are half measures that cannot the problems.
Responding to some of the issues raised by stakeholders at the event including recruitment of teachers into primary schools, completion of the 351 Primary Health Centres and, the governor assured that his administration would address all the issues in the next budget.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof Musibau Babatunde, said the state government had been using the stakeholders’ meetings to influence its budget since 2019.
“The Oyo State government wants a budget that impacts on the welfare of the citizenry and in last year’s budget, we were able to achieve 75 per cent of the budget.
“So, we are appealing to residents, let us know of projects and yearnings that will affect your area. Some of the projects you asked for have been undertaken and some of them are going. Everything we have been doing is about the people,” he added.
In separate goodwill messages, Director-General of the DAWN Commission, Mr. Seye Oyeleye; chairman of the House Committee on Budget, Public Accounts, Finance and Appropriation, Hon Sunkanmi Babalola; and representative of the Ibadan Main LGs chairmen, Alhaji Ramoni Adepoju, commended the government for the budget initiative.
PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE, ANTIDOTE TO SUCCESS- IBADAN NORTH LOCAL BOSS, BIRO CHARGES
The Executive Chairman, Ibadan North Local Government, Honourable Waheed Akanbi Adeniyi (Biro), has enjoined all staff members in the local government to be responsible, responsive and efficient in the discharge of their duties.
The chairman stated this during the LG’s monthly prayer meeting held at the LG Functions Hall.
Honourable Adeniyi calling for a good and cordial working relationship in order to achieve the desired goal of development and unprecedented achievements said patience and perseverance in any endeavours are the antidote to success.
Honourable Adeniyi, referring to the staff members as his ‘Ward 13’ assured of better welfarism, good working condition and provision of adequate conveniences for a conducive working environment.
The Chairman prayed God to prosper and bless everyone under his watch in all their endeavours in life.
President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Ayobami Olaogun while appreciating the Chairman for his leadership style of open door policy and listening ear appealed to him to use the opportunity bestowed upon him to speak for the local government system on their statutory functions that have been taken over, to come back alive.
Comrade Olaogun also charged the staff against discrediting each other before the authorities with the hindsight of pecuniary gains “that will never last the test of time.”
At the meeting were the Vice Chairman who doubles as the Political Head of Aare Latosa LCDA, Honourable Olaolu Akindele; Secretary to the LG/Political Head, Irepodun LCDA, Honourable Nurudeen Dele Oladoja, councillors, Head of Local Government Administration (HLGA), Irepodun LCDA, Alhaji A. Bello, departmental and unit heads.
Subsidy pains: Labour vows to ground economy, begins strike
The Nigeria Labour Congress has vowed to ground the economy as it says the stage is set for a two-day nationwide warning strike in response to the severe economic hardships plaguing the nation on the aftermath of subsidy removal by the Federal Government.
This move has garnered widespread support from key stakeholders, including the banking sector, civil society organisations, and workers’ unions, as they unite to address the growing economic crisis in the country.
The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees, the umbrella organisation representing workers in the banking and insurance industry, on Monday vowed to take part in the strike, effectively shutting down financial activities across Nigeria.
A statement signed by the General Secretary of NUBIFIE, Mr Mohammed Sheikh, underscored the importance of their participation in the two-day warning strike by the NLC, citing the need to draw the government’s attention to the dire economic situation faced by Nigerians.
The leadership of NUBIFIE has issued a notice that all banks will be shut down on Tuesday, 5 and Wednesday, 6 September 2023, in line with the NLC two-day strike directive.
“The directives are imperative to get the needed attention of the government and to warn it against interfering in the internal affairs of unions instead of addressing the punishing economic circumstances we find ourselves in,” the statement emphasised.
Speaking with The PUNCH, the Senior Deputy General Secretary of NUBIFIE, Mr. Aboderin Olusola, reiterated their commitment to the NLC’s cause, stressing the necessity of solidarity among industrial unions during these trying times.
The Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau, warned those who might be planning to cause violence on that day to discard the idea.
The tribunal, in a statement on Monday, announced it would on Wednesday deliver judgment on the petitions challenging the declaration of Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Chairman of the INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had on March 1 declared Tinubu the president-elect because his party scored the majority of votes cast in the poll.
The tribunal justices who will deliver the verdict on Wednesday are the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Haruna Tsammani; Justice Stephen Adah of the Court of Appeal (Asaba Division), Justice Monsurat Bolaji-Yusuf , Court of Appeal (Asaba Division), Justices Moses Ugo (Court of Appeal, Kano) and Abba Mohammed of the Ibadan Division of the Court of Appeal.
In the 2023 poll, the former Lagos State governor polled 8.8 million to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party standard bearer, Atiku Abubakar, who scored 6.9 million, Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, who polled 6.1 million votes, and 15 other candidates.
However, five of the 18 political parties that participated in the elections turned to the court to contest the declaration by the electoral body.
Leading the charge against Tinubu’s electoral triumph are Atiku and Obi who have asked the tribunal to nullify the ex-Lagos governor’s victory in the February 25 presidential election.
The University of Ibadan has appointed and decorated the governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, as Ambassador Extraordinaire of the University ahead of its 75th anniversary.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Kayode Adebowale, who led the management of the university and members of the anniversary committee to the Courtesy Room of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, presented the governor with a plaque and a garland of honour on Monday.
Professor Adebowale lauded the governor for contributing to the development of the university over the years, even before he became governor of the state.
Speaking shortly after receiving the team, Governor Makinde appreciated the university for the honour bestowed on him, stating that he would continue to work with the university because the institution has continued to be helpful to the state in terms of human capacity development and other areas.
The governor said: “It is a very close family. Over the years, the University of Ibadan has always been there with the resources to help the state. For this administration, you will probably say we have been poaching talents from the institution. What we have done basically are things that should have been done a long time ago. This is because we have the resources right there and what to do is to leverage the closeness of the institution to the government.
“We have had Professor Adeyemo, Professor Omole, Prof Babatunde, even the DG Protocol is also from UI. So, we will continue to come and knock on the door of UI to support the state.”
The governor equally noted that his administration would, as part of the constructions and improvements of junctions being carried out by the administration, reconstruct the Orogun-Ajibode-Sasa Junction and embark on junction improvement at the frontage of the University of Ibadan, to give the institution a better ambience.
The governor said, “Let me specially thank you for the honour of making me an Ambassador Extraordinaire for the UI at 75 Anniversary. That is a significant milestone. I will do my best to provide support for the anniversary and the university.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor said, “On behalf of the management, staff and students of the university, I congratulate you on your outstanding victory at the polls.
“Your reelection is a testament to your sterling performance and very humane policies in your first term. It is our prayer that your second term will be far more impactful than the first term even as we pray for good health and God’s wisdom for you and those working with you.
“UI is grateful to you as a wonderful governor and it is obvious that our university has been a great beneficiary of your good service,” Adebowale said.
The UI team was received by the governor, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Olanike Adeyemo; Chief of Staff, Hon Segun Ogunwuyi; and Head of Service, Mrs Olubunmi Oni, among others.
The UI delegation included Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Professor E. O. Ayoola; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Professor Oluyemisi A. Bamgbose; and the chairman of the Governing Council of the Ladoke Akintola University, Professor Ayodeji Omole, among others.
Seyi Makinde is a man of wisdom like the biblical Solomon
Oyo State has been a state with so many history and challenges due to the towns and cities that make up the richly cultured state.
The major cities in the state have different traditional histories and beliefs which are quite different to others, especially the process of installation of a new king and the history behind each throne in the State.
Since 1999, different governments have tried to reform the Ibadan Obaship and chieftaincy institution but failed to crown the Ibadan High Chiefs and the Baales of the communities surrounding the largest city in Africa and the capital of Yorubaland due to the lack of will from the citizens and the palace.
Ibadan had been the administrative capital of the old Western region since the early days of British colonial rule, Ibadan was a protective wall for Yorubaland against any war and economic challenges.
Unlike other Yoruba cities with traditional kingship institutions, the warrior class became the rulers of the city as well as the most important economic group.
Back to the main issue, like the Ibadan Obaship and chieftaincy reforms, breaking the joint ownership of LAUTECH, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, and Establishing the LAUTECH satellite campus in Iseyin these are challenges many governments were not able to resolve due to many factors but Engr. Seyi Makinde just like the biblical King Solomon resolved all these challenges in a matter of four years and some months.
Political watchers believed that achieving all these required great wisdom and Intelligence, Governor Seyi Makinde stood out from the former governors who had ruled the state before now, and although they all tried their best, but Seyi Makinde’s approach and native intelligence made the difference.
Seeing Olubadan of Ibadan crowning Obas in the city of Ibadan has proved that Ibadan’s throne has taken her rightful place as a powerful warrior institution that produces crowned kings, by this, Ibadan Metropolitan status has also been achieved!
Subsidy: Ibadan North LG Chair Biro Eulogizes Makinde’s Safer Project
The Executive Chairman of Ibadan North Local Government, Hon Waheed Akanbi ‘Biro’ has commended Makinde’s Safer initiative flagged off Wednesday 30th August, 2023. Eaglessightnews reports.
Hon Waheed Akanbi disclosed this in a statement made available to eaglessightnews.com.ng on Saturday after the palliatives intended by the state government to cushion the subsidy effects on the residents of Oyo State got to Ibadan North Local Government.
He explained that the economic challenges facing Nigeria and Nigerians are pointers telling Youths to wake up from their slumber and acquire vocational skills to harness their educational certificates from School.
“Instead of getting bothered with the economic crisis, unemployment challenges among others in the country, you can acquire vocational skills of your interest and harness the educational skills gotten from school to get income on your own and gradually be employers of labors” Hon Waheed admonished.
The Chairman while admonishing the corps reminded the corps of how Governor Makinde increased the Corps monthly stipends given by the state after assuming office in his first term. He also reiterated and extolled the Governor’s Makinde friendliness and youth inclusion through several schemes of empowerment and projects in the State.
OMITUNTUN SAfER BUSES: 50,000 OMITUNTUN CARDS TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO COMMUTERS FOR FREE
As the SAfER buses of the Omituntun 2.0 administration of His Excellency, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde progress in providing comfortable and affordable transport services to the Oyo State commuters, it apparently holds more promises as the Oyo State Pacesetter Transport Services boss, Hon. (Dr.) Dikko Salami, in an interview with Mayor Isaac Brown, yesterday on Fresh FM, made it known that the buses are soon transiting to digitalization.
The Chairman and Sole Administrator of the Oyo State Pacesetter Transport Services in the interview yesterday, made it known in response to callers’ complaints on ticketing problems, that already, there are 21 validators inputed in 21 buses, and that in the coming week, 50,000 tap cards will be distributed to commuters for free as a means of payment to board the Omituntun SAfER buses.
The Chairman also noted that the intracity operations of the buses will no longer be limited to Ibadan, as additional 6 buses will be deployed to other zones in the following week, for commuting within the zones.
He also added that, the SAfER scheme has not only contributed in easing the economic burden of the people via transportation as popularly noted by people, but has as well created more employment opportunities.
While there were more positive remarks and commendations from the public, there were positive criticisms which were immediately noted for improvement such as the increase of the number of the buses plying Moniya and prioritization of the physically challenged commuters in the State.
The Chairman however use the opportunity to also seek for the continuous support of the people for the Omituntun 2.0 administration of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the SAfER scheme and the Oyo State Pacesetter Transport Services.
Umahi, who paid a courtesy visit to the governor alongside officials of the Ministry, at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan, on Thursday, described Makinde as great evidence in infrastructure development, noting that the governor is one of the few governors putting the welfare of his people first.
According to Umahi, Governor Makinde deserved to be commended highly for not waiting to get a commitment for refund from the Federal Government before going ahead to fix federal roads in the state, adding that the interest and well-being of the people must always be first for those in government.
In his speech, Governor Makinde, appreciated Umahi for his kind words, stating that his appointment as Minister of Works was well-deserved and that he had no doubt that Umahi had the wherewithal to achieve success in the task, as his records as governor in Ebonyi State spoke for him.
The governor equally stated that his administration would always be committed to developing road infrastructure in the state, noting that once the state considers any federal road central to its economy, it would not be deterred by whether or not the Federal Government is ready to refund immediately.
He said his government had demonstrated that resolve with the reconstruction of the 34 kilometres Oyo-Iseyin Road, which according to him, would be commissioned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Governor Makinde, who also commended the Federal Director of Highways in the state for cooperating with his administration, said: “I have been here for four years. For us, if a road is important to our economy, we just go ahead and do it. An example is the Oyo-Iseyin Road. It is a federal road, and it took us two years to get the approval. But the road is passing through our agribusiness hub. I visited the Minister of Works several times then. We had gone through the process of awarding the contract and we were going to spend up to N9bn and we had set aside the money.
“So, they gave us the approval to fix it but they said we should follow the federal standard. We gave it to the contractor and added an extra N1bn to the project and I am happy to tell you that the 34.85km project is going to be commissioned on September 15th.
“Former President Obasanjo is coming to commission the project. It will demonstrate to the country that for whatever is important to the people, one should not pass the buck. We are not asking for a refund straight away, but the records are there.
“Also, the one you mentioned from Ibadan to Ilesha, Ife Road, the road linking our airport. When we came in, we said we would need to fix the road. So, we approached the Federal Government, and it became an issue of funding.
“We said we would fund it and get a refund from the contractor as funds became available to the Federal Government. The bottom line is that the road is very important to us. 19km is on our own side but the one we awarded is about 5.6km, which we paid for.”
Speaking earlier, former Governor Umahi said he was in the South-West to inspect Federal Government infrastructure projects.
He said: “I am very proud to call you Engineer Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State. I am happy to be here. Let me use this opportunity to congratulate you on your well-deserved reelection victory and I am not surprised with what you have been doing, being an Engineer.
“Since you have been in the saddle, anyone who comes to Oyo State will see the massive transformation. Congratulations.
“I am touring all the projects of the Federal Government in the South-West. I have had meetings with all the contractors handling our projects across the country. After such meetings, I needed to physically inspect those projects, offer advice and have total information of what is going on and also ascertain the quality of the work being done.
“Let me first commend you for the jobs you are doing in Oyo State, and I will continue to say this; we have what we call the Law of Evidence and Law of Witness. You have become our Law of Evidence and Law of Witness in alleviating the sufferings of the people without saying this is a federal or state road.”
Subsidy Removal: Makinde Kicks Off Distribution Of Food Relief Packages
.Says 200,000 households to benefit
.We’ll tell Oyo residents how we’ll use FG’s N5bn facility, says gov
In line with the measures put up by his administration under the Sustainable Actions for Economic Recovery (SAfER), to mitigate the hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy, the Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has kicked off the food relief component of SAfER.
The governor, who kicked off the distribution of the food relief packages at the Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III Mini-stadium, Oyo, said 200,000 households would benefit from the food relief support, adding that the government took its time to plan SAfER, which according to him is more than just a palliative.
He equally appreciated the residents of Oyo zone for standing by him during the March 18 governorship election, noting that the high margin of victory he recorded in the same was quite commendable.
As the governor kicked off the event in Oyo, the deputy governor of the state, Barrister Bayo Lawal, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo and the Chief of Staff to the governor, kick-started the distribution of the food relief packages in Saki, Iseyin and Ogbomoso.
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For the Ibadan Less City, the Deputy Speaker, Hon Abiodun Fadeyi, kicked off the distribution of the food packages, while the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun and his counterpart in the Trade, Industry, Investment and Cooperatives Ministry, Honourable Ademola Ojo, kicked off the scheme for Ibadan Main City and Ibarapa zone, respectively.
According to Governor Makinde, the food relief packages are meant for the poorest of the poor in order to mitigate the effect of the economic hardship on them, stating that each package contained bag of 10kg rice, 5kg bag of beans, 5kg bag of yam flour and 1kg bottle of vegetable oil.
The governor added that the government is aware that all segments of the society have been affected by the subsidy removal, hence the design of different components of SAfER, which according to him, has taken into consideration other segments of the society.
He said: “What came to my mind as we flag off the food relief component of our SAfER programme is the song we were used to singing during the electioneering period. ‘Oro wa o gba ejo wewe, ki a sa maa dupe lo’to.’
“That is why while everyone is talking about palliatives, here in Oyo State, we are talking about Sustainable Actions for Economic Recovery (SAfER). So, when they ask you if palliatives have been distributed in Oyo State, tell them the state is not going the way of palliative but SAfER.
“So, we are here to deliver your SAfER package. What palliative means is to treat the symptoms and leave the main cause. In Oyo State, we don’t want to treat the symptoms but attack the roots. One thing about Sustainable Action is that it takes proper planning and strategy.
“Some people have been going round on the radio and social media asking about the 3,000 bags of rice the Federal Government gave to Oyo State. Others are saying that the Federal Government gave them N5bn and the money has been diverted. Some even said there is trust deficit between the government and the people but it is not like that here in Oyo State. Here, we run an open government and we tell the people exactly the way things are.
“We were one of the first states to acknowledge that the Federal Government gave us rice. I acknowledged that the Federal Government gave us 3,000 bags of rice in my official Newsletter, dated 10th of August.
“Last week, they gave us another 3,000 bags but we planned to distribute the food relief package to 200,000 households. If we are to share the 3,000 bags the Federal Government gave to us in 200,000 places, I doubt if a cup of rice will get to any household in the state.
“If we had rushed out to make naysayers happy, they would still be the first to rush to social media to put up different videos on how small the package is. So, we took our time to plan because, both in the short and long term, we are thinking about securing our economy. We bought an additional 37,000 bags of rice to add to the 3,000 bags from the Federal Government to make a total of 40,000 bags of rice.
“That is why each of the 200,000 poorest households will be getting 10kg of rice. We did not stop there as we also procured 5kg of beans, 5kg of garri, 5kg of yam flour and one bottle of vegetable oil.
“One thing I want you to understand about what we are distributing is the fact that we are distributing what we produce locally, apart from the rice. So, we are supporting our local farmers. All the items we are distributing in Oyo were procured here in Oyo. Whatever we want to distribute in each zone would be procured in the zones.”
The governor equally stated that another component of SAfER, the distribution of farm inputs to about 10,000 farmers had been kick-started earlier, saying: “As we distribute the 10,000 inputs to our farmers, we expect bountiful harvests in coming months.”
Other measures in the SAfER scheme include low interest loan to artisans, micro and small businesses, Enterprise Support to youths under the Youth Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Project (YEAP), provision of transportation subsidy, free healthcare to 50,000 pensioners and 100,000 households for period of a year under the Oyo State Health Insurance scheme.
The governor also clarified that the N5 Billion facility received from the Federal Government had not yet been put to use, saying though only N2 Billion had been disbursed to the state so far.
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He promised to announce to the people how the facility would be used at the opportune time.
“Let me also use this opportunity to restate that we have not yet started using the Federal Government’s N5 Billion facility, which comprises N2.08 Billion grant, N1.92 Billion loan to be paid back after a three-month moratorium in N120 million monthly installments and N1 Billion worth of grains from the national grain reserve.
“We will communicate to the good people of Oyo State how we will be using this fund. So far, the FG has disbursed N2 Billion,” he said.
Earlier in her welcome address, former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Senator Monsurat Summonu, appreciated the governor for his kind gesture and for extending the needed dividends of democracy to the people of Oyo zone.
Members of the traditional council, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), commissioners and other political office holders from Oyo Federal Constituency were also in attendance.
Diversion of Palliatives: Oyo PDP replies APC, describes Party as attention seeker – offers refresher course in governance
Oyo State, 30 August, 2023
The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party in Oyo State has responded to the allegations of diversion of N2b palliative fund and food items donated by the federal government to the state government to mitigate the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy on the people of Oyo State.
In a statement issued in Ibadan by the Acting Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr Ogunsina Michael, he described the APC in Oyo State as a dead party that seeks relevance by clutching onto cheap attention by toiling the path Oyo State people rejected them for in two consecutive (2019 and 2023) elections governorship elections.
According to him, “while the PDP could choose to ignore the cries of the Oyo APC as that of a baby in need of attention, we could not afford to let them mislead and misinform the good people of the State and Nigeria in general. We owe it as a duty to the people of the State to keep them abreast of the activities of the government.
“It is such a shame that APC in Oyo State would choose to attack the PDP led government in the State that has been putting measures in place to cushion the effect of removal of petroleum subsidy and its attendant effects on the people of Oyo State.
” It is highly imperative to note that the PDP led Oyo State government is deliberate about delivering a better life for all residents and citizens of Oyo State and this is exemplified by the very meticulous, careful and intentional way the Oyo State Government is going about its palliative distribution, instead of the APC to cover their faces in shame and learn from Governor Seyi Makinde maybe they can have an upgrade to their infantile knowledge about matters of governance and the state, they are busy grabbing at the last straw.”
Since the removal of the fuel subsidy, Oyo State Government has kept the people informed about the palliative measures already put in place, part of which is the expanded services of Omituntun buses to all the seven administrative zones of the State which have seen the buses conveying people from different parts of the State at a ridiculously State subsidized fare. Pensioners are already being reached out to and registered into Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme, farmers across the State are being provided with farm inputs so as to ensure food security in Oyo State
The Governor has also communicated to the people and in his address, he already made it known to the public that the State government is in receipt of N2 Billion from the Federal government and 3000 bags of rice from the Federal Government while the state government has included additional 37,000 bags of rice.
Moreso, the government will be giving out low interest loan facility to the tune of N500m to traders, artisans and other categories of people who fall into SMEs and another N500m to farmers who could not benefit from the farm inputs distribution and youths in agropreneurial.
“We implored the APC to keep its ears to the ground as from today Wednesday 30th of August as the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde will be flagging off distribution of food palliatives in Oyo town, a process that will run across the seven political zones of the state.
“We know that all of this is strange to the APC because the party is never a serious party, even when they held sway for 8(Eight) years, all they did was to share the State commonwealth amongst themselves and we also understand that the APC is not interested in the business of governance but throwing tantrums just to be seen for the fun of it.
“As a party and government that is committed to the welfare of the people, we urge the people of Oyo State to disregard the cry of the APC as a party struggling for attention and redemption.
” if the APC will not be too arrogant to accept, the People’s Democratic Party in Oyo State will be willing to offer the party a refresher course in governance and public communications.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade disclosed to the press that eight billion, six hundred and thirty-three million, nine hundred and ninety-six thousand, four hundred and sixty-four naira (8,633,996,464.00) was budgeted for palliatives by the Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfEr) committee in the State.
The commissioner also added that the local government areas added the sum of two billon, six hundred and thirty-six million, eight hundred and seventy-one thousand, five hundred naira (2,636,871,500) into the food palliatives while the state government also released five billion, nine hundred and ninety-seven million, one hundred and twenty-four thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four naira (5,997,124,964).
Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde has reiterated that he is more interested in teaching people how to kill fish than in giving them fish following his approval of the sum of Eight billion, Six hundred and thirty-three million, nine hundred and ninty-six thousand, four hundred and sixty four naira (N8, 633, 996, 464. 00) for Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfER) committee in the State.
It was gathered that the governor took the decisions to benefit the people of the state using “economic packages to stimulate the state economy and bring about sustainable development.
The SAfER package is to ensure a softer landing for the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable in our society as well as to address the need for food security through direct intervention to farmers.
Additionally, it will also be making provisions that will ease the transportation pains of the state civil servants and other residents of Oyo state.
Addressing journalists after executive council meeting on Tuesday, the commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade disclosed that Local Government Areas in the State, infused the sum of Two billion, Six hundred and thirty-six million, eight hundred and seventy-one thousand, five hundred naira (N2, 636, 871, 500), into food palliatives, while the Oyo State Government expended Five Billion, Nine hundred and Ninety-seven Million, One Hundred and twenty-four thousand, Nine hundred and sixty four naira (N5,997,124,964. 00)
Recall that last week, Governor Seyi Makinde in a statement, promised that full implementation of palliative distribution will begin this week.
Oyelade therefore hinted that Governor Seyi Makinde and some principal officers of the State government will flag-off the distribution of palliatives tomorrow (Wednesday), while full distribution in each geo-political zones will commence on Thursday, which will cover 200, 000 households in the first phase.
Prince Oyelade emphasised that the distribution will be done in different batches, to bring succour to citizens of Oyo State.
Oyelade also said that the distribution is aimed at alleviating the pains of residents of the state over fuel subsidy removal by the federal government.
“If you assume that every family has about 6 members, we are talking about over 1 million people to be affected by the initial roll out of palliatives”, Oyelade said.
He said items to be distributed include 10kg rice, 5 kg of garri, 5kg beans, 5kg elubo and 1 ltr of vegetable oil.
Prince Oyelade said the flag-off, targeted at the poorest of the poor in the society, will be simultaneously done in all the major zones including Oyo, Oke-Ogun, Ogbomoso, Ibarapa, Ibadan main and less cities.
He said the Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal will flag-off the distribution in Saki; while the Chief of Staff will ensure the flag-off in Ogbomoso.
The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Debo Ogundoyin will flag-off the distribution in Ibarapa, while the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Wasiu Olatubosun will flag off the distribution in Ibadan North-West.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof Musbau Babatunde, while giving a break down of the total budget, said food palliatives will cost a total of Five billion, two hundred and seventy-three million, seven hundred and forty-three thousand (N5, 273, 743, 000).
He however said Local Government Areas in the state paid a counterpart fund on Two billion, Six hundred and thirty-six million, eight hundred and seventy-one thousand, five hundred naira (N2, 636, 871, 500).
Musbau said, the Government earmarked One Hundred and forty-nine million, One Hundred and Ninety-nine thousand, six hundred and eighty two naira (N149, 199, 682. 00) for the Transportation sub-committee.
He said the budget includes logistics, branding of buses, personnel, and diesel cost.
On Food Security, which will cater for Agropreneurs and small and Medium scale enterprises, farmers, the Oyo State Government has earmarked the sum of One Billion, Seven hundred and one million, fifty-three thousand, seven hundred and eighty-two naira (N1, 701, 053, 782), while loans to be rolled out to SMEs will cost Five hundred and ten million naira (N510, 000, 000).
In the Healthcare sector, the Commissioner said One Billion naira has been set aside to cater for the health Insurance of Fifty-thousand pensioners, at four thousand naira each.
He added that one 100,000 vulnerable members of the society too will be catered for, by the Oyo State Government.
The Commissioner added that personnel of security outfits including Amotekun, Nigerian Army, Police force and Civil defence, who are first line of defence in the State will benefit from the palliatives.
The Marine and Blue Economy Ministry: Implications for the People and Economy of Nigeria
By Moshood Oshunfurewa Adebola
Data Analyst, Mathematician and Member of Youth Rights Campaign (YRC)
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu unveiled a list of ten new or revised ministries that will shape his administration’s policies. Among these, the marine and blue economy ministry, headed by former Governor of Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, is of particular interest. This ministry aims to oversee the prudent management of Nigeria’s marine resources and promote the sustainable growth of the blue economy.
Nigeria possesses a wealth of marine resources, including oil, gas, and minerals. Its coastline stretches over 850 kilometres, harboring a diverse array of marine life, from fish to crustaceans and mollusks. Unfortunately, these resources are under threat from challenges such as overfishing, pollution, and habitat degradation, which could jeopardize their sustainability and potential economic benefits.
Effectively harnessing these resources has the potential to significantly boost the nation’s revenue. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation estimates the value of the country’s oil and gas reserves at over $1 trillion. Furthermore, the fishing sector contributes substantially to the economy, with an estimated worth exceeding $1 billion. Nonetheless, these resources remain largely untapped, and ongoing efforts are being made to enhance their responsible management and preservation.
Likewise, the blue economy holds promise for substantial economic gains while fostering sustainable development and environmental protection. The World Economic Forum projects that the blue economy could contribute up to $2.5 trillion to global economic output by 2030. Simultaneously, it could help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and bolster food security. However, realizing these benefits necessitates meticulous management of oceanic resources and ecosystems, necessitating collaboration among governments, businesses, and Nigerian Maritime Union of Nigeria (NUM).
Within this sector’s potential lie opportunities for economic growth, revenue generation, and job creation. However, the history of agencies and departments integral to the new ministry suggests challenges. Instances of corruption, maladministration, and questionable contracts cast a shadow over these agencies’ operations. For instance, the NIMASA corruption scandal brought to light significant corruption within the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, involving the misappropriation of funds and assets for personal gain.
The incident exposed the need for transparency and accountability within government bodies. Notably, the leadership of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is yet to deploy 17 vessels and helicopters from a $700 million allocation for vessel procurement through the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) to enhance security in Nigerian waters. Meanwhile, a $105 million contract was awarded to the Global West Vessel Specialist Agency, helmed by Chief Government Ekpemukpolo (aka Tompolo). Such occurrences are troubling in a nation with a constitutionally mandated Nigerian Navy responsible for safeguarding coastal and water territories.
Furthermore, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) grapples with corruption cases involving allegations of bribery, embezzlement, and other forms of graft. These challenges hinder the NPA’s capacity to manage and regulate the nation’s ports efficiently, resulting in inefficiencies and financial losses. Efforts to address these issues have encountered resistance, underscoring the need for a comprehensive approach to tackling corruption within the NPA.
Given the continued prevalence of corruption and perceived ineffectiveness associated with Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, based on his track record in Osun State, concerns have arisen among segments of Nigerian dock workers and stakeholders regarding the Tinubu presidency. It is crucial to ensure that the story of the marine and blue economies does not mirror that of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited—an issue that looms large but remains unaddressed.
Anthrax: Oyo Govt. Seals Pharmacy, Operating Illegal Vet Services
The Oyo state government has sealed FinRel Pharmacy Supermarket and Bakery, Ibadan for violating the Oyo State Veterinary Practicing Premises Registration Regulation 2018, Oyo State Private Veterinary Premises and Veterinary Establishment law, 2017 and Animal Diseases Control Act, 2022.
Sealing the premises on Monday in Ibadan, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye said FinRel was operating an illegal veterinary pharmacy and engaging in Veterinary Clinical Services.
He also stated that this can put the health of members of the public in danger.
The Commissioner, speaking through the Deputy Director, (Monitoring), Dr. AbdulRrazzaq Lawal, said the move was in line with the Oyo State Government efforts to curtail and prevent the outbreak of diseases, adding that government would not relent in its effort to ensure safety of lives and properties.
Barrister Olasunkanmi stated that the move was not to witch-hunt anybody but to ensure sanity in the veterinary service delivery in the state.
According to him, “we discovered through our surveillance that the owner of the premises is operating an illegal veterinary pharmacy and engaging in Veterinary clinical services without registration with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria and Oyo State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development which against the law, using of unapproved location for sale of Veterinary products as well as treatment of sick animals that can put post health risk to humans, as their customers can contract zoonotic diseases from the location”.
The Commissioner hinted that the Oyo State government would not allow any person or group of persons’ selfish interests put the entire state in danger of contrasting diseases from animals.
Barrister Olasunkanmi however enjoined the public to support the government’s effort in preventing outbreak of diseases. He also advised all unregistered veterinary premises to register according to the law.
Barely 14-Month After Aseyin’s Death, Prince Olawale Emerges As 30th Aseyin Of Iseyin
According to a report reaching eaglessightnews desk a 53-year-old man ,Prince Olawale Semiu Oyebola has emerged the 30th Aseyin of Iseyin.
Prince Olawale emerged as the preferred candidate of the kingmakers in line with the selection process of the new Aseyin of Iseyin.
Our medium understood from vanguard that the Ten Kingsmen arrived in the palace at 10:00 am, after security men had cordoned off the place to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Since the voting process started, as planned by the officials of the Iseyin Local Government and security agents, the outcome of the votes cast showed majority of votes was in favour of Prince Oyebola.
Oyebola is the 30th Aseyin after the demise of late Oba Abdganiy Salawudeen Adekunle Oloogunebi Ajinese 1 on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at the age of 62 after a brief illness.
He works and resides in the United States of America, US, with his family and has always shown interest in the welfare of the community, which prompted his education foundation, under which indigent students of tertiary institutions access scholarship funding.
“Armed robbery appears to be on a good decline with about 45/50% decline,” Oyo State Police Command had said in a 2021 letter to Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde. The letter stated further that “Oyo State actually recorded lower armed robbery cases in 2020, compared to what it was in 2019. The statistics in 2019 showed a total number of 182 while 123 was recorded in 2020.”
Corroborating the position of the police, the Oyo State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Adaralewa Michael, also in 2021, noted that there had been a slide in criminality in the state.
He said, “The last time I checked the index, it has been different from what I met on the ground, so generally Oyo State has been experiencing a relative peace.”
Similarly, the Committee of Retired Inspectors General of Police, during a retreat held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan last week, said that one of the reasons it opted to hold its programme in Ibadan was the peaceful atmosphere that pervades the state.
So, despite the rising wave of crimes and violence in the country, Oyo State has, over the years, transmogrified from the hotbed of violence and criminality to the habitation of peace and security. Although the state is not completely crime-free, it has witnessed so much improvement in the area of security that it is much safer than it used to be. But the journey to this transformed state did not happen overnight, it is the outcome of a persistent and consistent commitment of Governor Seyi Makinde who has invested immense mental energy, funds and time to ensure the reduction of criminality to the bare minimum in the state for the benefit of the citizens, residents and travelers.
How did Governor Makinde achieve an almost 180 degrees turnaround in the security situation in the state? How has Makinde been able to change Oyo State from a place where farmers could not go to their farms for fear of being kidnapped to a state where farmers now smile to the banks after their hefty harvests? How did Makinde shift the attention of bank robbers away from the state? How did Makinde change Oyo from a state where gang war was rampant to a state where this has become few and far between?
Seven major factors are responsible for the improvement the state has witnessed in the area of security.
The first is that Governor Makinde understands that his primary responsibility is to ensure safety of lives and property in the state in accordance with Section 14(2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). He knows that as the Chief Security Officer of the state he has to be atop of the security situation in the state. To this end, the governor set up a Security Task Force headed by him with key functionaries of the state government and heads of critical security units as members. The body meets regularly to assess the security situation in the state and moves swiftly to arrest any untoward situation in any part of the state. With this in place, the governor has up-to-date security information from all parts of the state and is able to nip any untoward situation in the bud.
Then the governor collaborates with security agencies. Right from the commencement of his administration, Governor Seyi Makinde has never hidden his readiness to collaborate with security agencies to ensure a safer Oyo State. The collaboration resulted in the establishment of the Police Mobile Force 72 Squadron in Ago Are, Atisbo Local Government area of the state. The Squadron has been vital to the peaceful atmosphere that exists in Oke Ogun zone of the state.
The governor’s collaboration with security agencies also culminated in the donation of a 58-hectare of land in Ajia by the state government to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) to establish a permanent NAF Base. The project, which is under construction, would enhance NAF’s readiness and responsiveness to security challenges in the state when completed. The base is also expected to serve as an alternate airfield to Lagos airfield, thus enabling the NAF to launch seamless and efficient air operations in the Southwest Region of Nigeria.
In addition to these, Governor Makinde, shortly after his assumption of office in 2019, donated 100 patrol vehicles to security agencies in the state to ensure that all parts of the state were adequately monitored. Since then, more patrol vehicles have been donated by the state government to the security agencies. Consequently, security operatives are able to effectively patrol the state. The state government also announced penultimate week that another set of 105 vehicles would be donated to security agencies in the state to enhance their operations. Allied to this is the resuscitation of the Police Swift Response Squad (SRS) and reinvigoration of Operation Burst to strengthen the state’s security architecture.
Following the decision of South West governors to set up the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, Governor Makinde immediately set the machinery in motion to establish the network in the state. The Amotekun officers and men are well trained, well equipped, well remunerated and well motivated. Hence, they have played a critical role in securing the state.
Governor Makinde, while inaugurating the body’s new board recently, poured encomium on the security outfit, saying, “The Amotekun policing meant that they are often the first necessity of defence for our rural communities. If we go through Amotekun’s accomplishments under Omituntun 1.0, we will see that they are a strong reason why our farmers in rural communities are able to return to their farms without fear of attack. They recorded huge successes in stopping kidnappings, motor-bike snatching, burglaries, illegal mining and fraud. We have a record of 10 kidnapping rescues that were carried out by the Amotekun Corps between June 2021 and May 2022.”
Another factor engendering security in Oyo State is the Light-Up project. The project, which covers well over 250 kilometers across the state, keeps the streets aglow even at night. This has become a source of deterrence to criminally-minded people who can no longer hide under the cover of darkness to give vent to their evil intentions.
The governor has also democratised security by enlisting the support and cooperation of traditional rulers to get intelligence that could be used to fight all forms of criminality. Governor Makinde also encouraged traditional rulers to take the message of placing premium on securing the state to their communities. This has heightened the consciousness of the citizens who readily avail security agencies of intelligence about those perpetrating crimes in their communities. The governor also mandated local government chairmen to hold regular security meetings so as to be abreast of security challenges in their area with a view to addressing same without any delay.
The governor also deployed technology to enhance security in the state. There is a toll free number that residents can call in time of distress. The facilities at the Security Control Room and the City Watch have been scaled up to enable security operatives monitor activities across the capital city, while there are CCTV cameras in strategic places, especially in the capital city.
Governor Makinde knows that as important as security is, it is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end. The purpose of providing security is to emplace a conducive environment for businesses to thrive. That has been the experience in Oyo State. The state’s huge investment in security has not only enabled the citizens to sleep with their two eyes closed, it has also boosted the state’s economy.
Over the past four years, the number of enterprises within the state has grown to 1,872,941 with the bulk of them in the capital city. This is one of the reasons a United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) research ranked Ibadan as the second fastest growing city in Africa, citing industrialisation, urbanisation and economic activities as reasons for the growth.
The state has also attracted private investments of over N27 billion in agribusiness as well as $65million foreign direct investment. Similarly, the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR) hovers around N4billion monthly while the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown by 50 per cent in four years.
As good as all these are, they are not the ultimate for Governor Seyi Makinde whose dream is to turn the state, starting from the capital city, into a 24-hour economy to create more employment opportunities, optimise resource utilisation and provide higher quality of life for the people of the state.
Olanrewaju is the Chief Press Secretary to Oyo State Governor
JUST IN: PSC compulsorily retires four DIGs for violating police tradition…..
The Police Service Commission has ordered four senior Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Dan-Mallam Mohammed, Moses Jitiboh, Hafiz Inuwa and Adeleke Bode to immediately proceed on compulsory retirement for failing to retire following the appointment of their colleague, Olukayode Egbetokun, as the acting Inspector-General of Police.
The PSC, however, approved the appointment of four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Ibrahim Ka’oje, Daniel Sokari-Pedro, Ayuba Ekpeji and Usman Nagogo to the rank of DIGs pending ratification by the board of the commission to replace the retired DIGs.
The spokesperson for the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Monday, noting that the PSC gave the order in the exercise of its statutory powers pursuant to the Third Schedule, Part 1 M, para A&B of the 1999 Constitution, reinforced with Section 6 of the PSC (Establisment) Act 2001, para a, c, d, e, & f.
He explained that the order became imperative because the PSC had expected those DIGs who were seniors in rank prior to Egbetokun’s appointment as IG, to voluntarily retire, adding that such expected application was in consonance with the revered tradition of discipline and regimented culture of the Nigeria Police Force.
Ani said, “In the wake of the appointment of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun on June 19, 2023 by Mr President, the Commission had expected in consonance with the revered tradition of discipline and regimented culture of the Nigeria Police Force that those DIGS who were seniors in rank prior to his elevation will voluntarily apply for retirement or elect to leave the Force.
“The Commission, having waited for ample time with no such application from any of them, took the decision to compulsorily retire them in order to uphold discipline which is the bedrock of the Force, and to discourage status reversal which is inherently inimical to the exercise of authority by the Inspector General.”
The newly appointed DIGs, who are without pending disciplinary matters and/or without any serious medical conditions and health impairments, according to Ani, were drawn from the same respective geo-political regions of the retired ones.
4.1% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN NIGERIA: A GLARING CHASM BETWEEN NUMBERS AND PEOPLE’S STRUGGLES
Moshood, Oshunfurewa Adebola
Data Analyst, Mathematicians and Member of Youth Rights Campaign (YRC)
The recent revelation of fresh employment figures in Nigeria has ignited a resounding uproar across the social and mainstream media, reverberating through every corner of our nation. This phenomenon has also brought forth a vigorous discourse spearheaded by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), seeking to validate these new statistics through the prism of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) novel methodology.
However, we must contextualize the intrinsic purpose of these economic indicators. Their essence transcends mere numerical tabulations of individuals who harbor the willingness to contribute but find themselves ensnared by the web of unemployment. Rather, these indicators serve as a litmus test for gauging the vitality of our nation’s economic fabric and elucidating the latent opportunities that beckon both local and foreign investors. These figures strive to illuminate the potential of purchasing power parity as a conduit for investment in our nation.
It’s worth noting, with a sense of intrigue, that the NBS refrains from attributing the decline in the unemployment rate from nearly half of the population in the fourth quarter of 2022 to the current 4.1% to the trajectory of economic progress or policy maneuvers embraced by the prior President Buhari administration and the ongoing stewardship of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s All Progressive Congress (APC).
The experiences of Nigerians throughout these regimes have been exacerbated by the trials of economic adversity stemming from policies that seemed to disproportionately affect the common citizenry, including cashless transactions, the abolishment of fuel subsidies, and the poignant devaluation of our national currency.
Moreover, let us emphasize that the ILO methodology is not an alien construct in these deliberations. It constitutes a structured framework that endeavors to encompass not just working hours but also the scourge of labor-induced impoverishment and the intricate distribution of labor-derived income. This construct acknowledges the economic fabric’s resiliency and grapples with the far-reaching ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global labor force. This underscores that the methodology itself is not the crux of the matter; rather, the opacity of the dataset and sampling techniques employed by the NBS raises pertinent questions regarding their alignment with the actual state of employment and unemployment in Nigeria.
An imperative question demanding our attention pertains to the juxtaposition of statistical correlation and significance vis-à-vis the living standards and working conditions endured by the employed populace. Consider this: while online job report platforms meticulously document the fluctuations of job prospects and employment trajectories daily, these platforms remain largely elusive to both educated and semi-literate Nigerians, not to mention those residing in rural landscapes spanning both formal and informal sectors.
The palpable truth emerges: the recorded unemployment rate conspicuously diverges from the lived experiences of the masses—those toiling and those yearning for employment alike. This incongruity not only fails to project the economic indices pivotal for nurturing investor trust, both local and foreign, but also disregards the collective potential that underpins our nation’s overall productivity capacity. It is incumbent upon us all to confront the unembellished reality of economic estimation, for failure to do so could see us collectively teeter on a metaphorical powder keg. The Nigerian populace endures undue suffering, yearning for gainful employment—such is the unassailable reality that confronts us.
TINUBU’S APPROVAL RATING IN NIGERIA: A STATISTICAL MIRAGE?
The assertion that 62% of 1,714 Nigerians sampled in the six geopolitical zones hold the belief that the nation is progressing under this regime of Tinubu, even in the face of prevailing economic hardships, is nothing more than a deceptive statistical mirage – complete statistical fallacy. The survey in question, as reported by The Cable, was purportedly orchestrated by CMC Connect LLP, a public perception consultancy and strategic communication firm based in Lagos, in collaboration with Analysts Data Services and Resources (ADSR).
This statistical interpretation and subsequent analysis reek of a familiar and age-old ploy—a mere illusion to shroud the simmering discontent that bubbles beneath the surface of the masses.
This discontent has found resonance and expression in the recent fervent response witnessed during the protests led by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
It’s worth noting that these expressions of dissent also emanate from pockets of ordinary individuals, including both men and women, predominantly from the Northern region of the country—a segment of the population not commonly associated with overt acts of public disobedience.
The duplicity inherent in these statistics becomes glaring when one delves into the manner in which the data was initially presented. The architects of this manipulation deploy their artful tricks to impress and obfuscate. They lay claim that 62% of the 1,714 participants, drawn from the six geopolitical zones, are in agreement that the current administration, despite its ruinous trajectory, will propel the country forward. Yet, they conveniently overlook the undeniable truth exposed by their own survey—a dissenting 38%, coupled with a significant undercurrent of indifference.
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However, when this carefully selected sample is projected onto the broader canvas of the entire population, the true picture begins to emerge. 38% of the entire Nigerian populace, estimated at 213.4 million, amounts to a staggering 81,191,200 individuals. This number assumes a position of profound significance when juxtaposed against the backdrop of the 133 million Nigerians languishing in the clutches of multidimensional poverty, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Furthermore, the mosaic of this survey is marred by notable omissions—critical components such as the suspension of Godwin Emefiele from his role as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the sidelining of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the controversial removal of petrol subsidies are shrouded in deliberate silence.
These omissions serve as a testament to a strategic maneuver aimed at steering the interpretation of results in a predetermined direction, one that conveniently disregards vital elements of the narrative.
Indeed, I concur that this survey serves as a reflection of a complex and multifaceted consciousness that permeates the population—a consciousness born of intricate social and economic dynamics that extend far beyond mere statistical facades.
Moshood ADEBOLA OSHUNFUREWA
Award winning mathematician and member of Youth Rights Campaign (YRC)
2024 LG Poll: Communities, Landlord Associations Endorse Olatunji Ahead Council Election
Ahead of the forthcoming 2024 Local Government Election in Oyo state, communities, landlord associations and other political interest groups have endorsed the chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oluyole, Akeem Olatunji as their preferred choice.
The endorsement took place last weekend at a program organized by Ire-Akari General Landlords and Landlady’s Association, as well as Ayetoro comprising over 200 community.
Among others in attendance at the epochal program include Imam Qamardeen Tijani as the Spiritual father of the day, Chief Adenrele Amoo as father of the day, as well as Ire-Akari General Electoral Committee (IGEC) Chairman, Adedeji Ademola.
The Joint Communities President of Aiyetoro comprising over 200 communities, Alhaji Abideen Aderonmu Olaide, described Olatunji as a humane politician worthy of emulation by other younger politicians assuring that the communities would work for Olatunji’s electoral victory come April, 2024.
The General Chairman of Ire Akari General Landlords and Landlady’s Association Alhaji Ismaheel Aremu who commended Olatunji’s approach to politics and humility while delivering his address urged the PDP candidate not to derail from sustaining the personality that has endeared him to many.
While also commending Governor Seyi Makinde for his transformational policies and programs that have brought about rapid development in Ibadanland and other parts of the state, Alhaji Aremu expressed confidence that Olatunji’s administration as the next council chairman would attract more development to Oluyole.
In his remarks, Olatunji, overwhelmed with joy expressed gratitude to the community and religious leaders for their public show of support.
Olatunji also assured that he would domesticate Governor Makinde’s Omititun 2.0 Sustainable Development agenda in Oluyole and ensure even spread of dividends of democracy at the grassroots.
While expressing appreciation to Governor Seyi Makinde for the opportunity given him as well as other youths aspiring for leadership roles within the political arena, Olatunji said, “the governor has made himself a staircase through which youths and women aspiring to take up leadership roles to rise to the peak of their political careers.”
The former Publicity Secretary of PDP in Oyo state said Makinde by his achievements so far in politics and governance has made himself a political institution and a nationalist whose records of success would continue to resonate for generations to come.
While speaking with journalists shortly after the program, Olatunji said he is committed to diligently following as a core disciple of what he described as the Makinde’s political institution adding that if elected as the executive chairman come next year, his administration would among other things, key into the state’s Agribusinesses Development agenda as one of the drivers of the local government’s economy.
“I can not thank our leaders, our fathers and mothers enough for this show of love and support, it means the little things we do as politicians are being noticed by these leaders and elders and I can assure you that with God on our side, we would remain committed to the Oluyole project.
“Their endorsement of my candidacy means alot to me as a politician because I know their weight is huge and when thrown behind a candidate, such person can be assured of electoral victory, therefore, we will continue to take our message of sustainable development agenda to every home and household for their support.
“Governor Makinde has completely changed the narrative of local government election in the state, now we have about 18 political parties listed by OYSIEC to participate because of the institutional credibility and people’s confidence in the state’s electoral process under the present government, therefore, we will put in our best to ensure a resounding victory at the poll come next year.” Olatunji said.
Olatunji was accompanied to the program by Ward 3 Chairman, Mr Lukman Aperin, Ward 3 Councilor, Hon Taofeek Azeez Iwo, Ward 4 Councilor, Hon Shina Oyedele, Ward 7 Councillorship Candidate, Hon Ademola Dauda, Hon Adeniji Abel, Hon Wunmi Ayinde, Mrs Ramoni Abisoye and others.
Anthrax: Stakeholders commend Makinde over prompt action to curtail outbreak
Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has been lauded for taking a swift action and putting in place various measures to curtail the outbreak of Anthrax in the state, including the conduct of sensitisation programmes for relevant stakeholders.
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The Chairman, Oyo State Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, who was represented by Alhaji Bello Yakubu, gave the commendation during a sensitisation/media parley on Anthrax, organised by the association in collaboration with Ardor Fulani, butchers association, cattle dealers and other stakeholders.
At the event held at Kara Market, Iseyin, on Friday, Alhaji Ibrahim noted the effort of the state government, stating that the programme was about safety of lives as regards the Anthrax disease, which affects both animals and human beings.
He commended Governor Makinde for catering to the plight of cattle breeders sometimes last year when their animals were vaccinated free of charge.
Ibrahim, who implored the governor to continue with the gesture to prevent the outbreak of the virus in Oyo State, promised that the association would also give all necessary support in ensuring that the disease is curtailed.
Speaking further on the effort of the state government, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, affirmed that no case of anthrax had been recorded in Oyo State, as according to him, all hands had been on deck to ensure adherence to safety measures.
Olaleye, who spoke through the Deputy Director/Chief Veterinary Medical Officer in charge of Control Post and Cattle Markets in the ministry, Dr Liadi Adeniran, allayed the fears of people about the outbreak
He said:” We have been to several places in the state to give sensitisation on the imminence of the Anthrax disease in Oyo State and we thank God that as of today, there has not been any report of anthrax case in Oyo State.
“We want to give kudos to His Excellency for his prompt intervention in line with the collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Agriculture, so that we would give a lot of sensitisation to the public.
“Actually, we have been able to meet with all the stakeholders in all the cattle markets in the state, informing them of the disease and how to know symptoms in relation to Anthrax.”
Earlier in his lecture, the Oyo State Epidemiology Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Semiu Akibu, said early detection and vaccination are the most effective preventive measures against Anthrax.
He advised cattle breeders to remain vigilant and to promptly report any suspicious illness or death of their animals to the appropriate authority, adding that prevention is better than cure.
He also enjoined them to always engage the service of veterinary doctors to keep their animals healthy and safe for consumption.
Oyo State Govt. Rescues Destitute, Twin Daughters in Ibadan
The Oyo State Government during the course of the week, reiterated its commitment to ending the menace of vagrancy, street begging and other societal ills, while it rescued a homeless woman and her twin daughters off the streets within the Ibadan metropolis.
The rescue team, which comprises of top management officers of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, was led by the Commissioner, Hon (Mrs.) Toyin Balogun on Thursday.
This exercise, according to the Commissioner, is in line with the agenda of the Governor Seyi Makinde led-administration to improve the welfare and wellbeing of the vulnerable and destitute in the society, while ensuring that they are also beneficiaries of the sustainable development agenda of the government.
During the rescue exercise, the Commissioner stated that the State government is committed to rehabilitating as many as possible destitute and reintegrating them back into society, as they are part of the citizenry of the state.
She stressed that “destitute are not only homeless individuals that live on the street, but they form part of the poorest of the poor/ extremely poor who lack the wherewithal to provide for their basic needs, hence the need for the government and society at large to stand in the gap by putting in place safety net measures, until they are able to stand on their feet and get reintegrated back into society after becoming productive both to themselves and the society at large”.
Heartrendingly this vagrant woman has been spotted sleeping outside at the mercy of the elements and unscrupulous miscreants in different locations with her vulnerable, under-aged twins who as investigations revealed, have never been enrolled in the school system.
Mrs. Balogun elicited salient information from the young lady who was a student of Mass Communications at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka before the vicissitudes of life altered her life trajectory.
She said the Governor Seyi Makinde led government will not relent in its quest to improve on the quality of life of the citizenry across board without leaving anyone behind
The Commissioner had earlier mandated the ministry staff to keep an eye out for the woman and her kids since a couple of weeks ago when she first received reports about the subjects but apparently, the young lady somehow got wind of the rescue efforts and changed location before she and her kids could be rescued.
Fortunately, a good Samaritan spotted them along the Jericho axis, the intel got to the Commissioner, who swooped into action with her team.
A cordon was laid for the woman and fortunately the Commissioner was able to connect with her and peacefully evacuate her and her kids from the spot.
She was taken to a tertiary health institution which has requisite facilities for the treatment of mental health issues, where she is presently admitted for treatment.
Meanwhile, her kids were taken to a state owned facility from where they would be taken for treatment and then eventually settled back into the school system.
The evacuation exercise was carried out by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion (the Hon Commissioner and her team from the Ministry) with invaluable support from the CMD UCH, Prof Otegbayo, Dr. Abdulmalik and Mr. Tunji of ASIDO Foundation (an NGO involved in advocacy for and treatment of people with mental health challenges), Dr. Bamgbose, a mental health specialist with the UCH, among others.
Prince Dotun Oyelade,
Commissioner for Information and Orientation,
August 25, 2023.
Oil marketers, on Thursday, insisted on a possible hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, following a further plunge in the value of the naira against the United States dollar.
The local currency weakened against the greenback at the black market from 900/dollar on Wednesday to 920/dollar on Thursday, raising further concerns about whether the pump price of petrol could be sold at the current price.
The naira which had hit 945/dollar at the parallel market about two weeks ago, rebounded last week.
However, the local currency began a move southward this week, a situation that has unsettled economic managers and stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.
Oil dealers and marketers told The PUNCH on Thursday that with the exchange rate at N920/$, the pump price of petrol could not remain at N617/litre, particularly if the current exchange rate lingered.
Governor Makinde communicates to Oyo Residents on SAfER Program
Oyo State Governor , Engr Seyi Makinde has said the implementation of the Safer Program aimed to cushion the negative effects of fuel subsidy removal on the People of Oyo state will commence next week. Eaglessightnews reports.
Makinde made this known via his monthly newsletter to the people of Oyo state .
Recall that Nigeria Federal Government according to reports had given 5billion naira only to each state to cushion the negative effects of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians.
The Safer Program which is aimed at tackling the effects of subsidy removal on the residents of Oyo state according to Governor Makinde will contain food relief packages which will be distributed to 200,000 houses across the 33LGAs in the state.
According to the Governor, he writes
“How has your week been? We thank God for life and the grace He gives us to see each day.
“My week has, as usual, been full of activities. I am currently in Kigali, Rwanda, for an Executive Leadership Retreat organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It’s been an engaging conversation so far.
“Since my broadcast about the sustainable actions we will be taking to ensure that our economy continues to run optimally despite the removal of fuel subsidy, we have been working hard to deliver on our promise. We created committees and sub-committees as part of the implementation process. Now, I am happy to inform you that the planning process is drawing to a close, and we are ready to begin the full implementation of SAfER.
“In the next week, we shall begin the distribution of the Food Relief Package to 200,000 vulnerable households in our State. Some have asked how we created and updated our social register that contains details of these households. Well, we put together the register during the COVID-19 pandemic. We deployed trusted representatives to communities in every part of our dear State. They met with and spoke to community heads who helped to identify the vulnerable in their midst. After this, we did a further verification of the data.
“As we begin the distribution across the 33 LGAs in the State, you will see for yourself how thorough the work is. We are distributing to each household 10kg of rice as well as 5kg each of beans, garri, and elubo and a bottle of groundnut oil. So, if you spot any funny business in your community, remember you can always reach out through this newsletter or any of the other feedback channels we have made available to you.
“Let me also use this opportunity to provide further updates on other components of the SAfER programme. After consultations, we have decided to earmark an additional N500 million as loans to smallholder farmers in the State through the Agricultural Credit Corporation of Oyo State (ACCOS). These low-interest loans will assist the farmers who may not be reached with the distribution of inputs to 10,000 farmers earlier announced.
“The profiling process for YEAP beneficiaries with already established businesses who will benefit from the N500 million for enterprise support will soon be complete. Within the next two to three weeks, the youths will be contacted. The same goes for the artisans and traders who will be supported through the N500 million set aside for small businesses.
“Let me also state that as more funds become available to us, we will continue to do more for our people. Recently, the Federal Government announced a facility of N4 billion for State Governments. This includes a N2.08 billion grant and N1.92 billion loan to be paid back after a three-month moratorium in N120 million monthly instalments. We have received N2 billion, and as usual, we will update you on what the funds will be utilised for once the decision is reached. The FG will also give States N1 billion worth of grains from the national grain reserve.
“We promised the good people of Oyo State that we would always listen to you and strive to do the best for you. That is a promise we are determined to continue keeping. You requested intercity routes for the Omituntun Bus service. We have already expanded this service to include two buses to go from Ibadan to each of the remaining four zones. I will continue to share further updates with you regarding SAfER and all our other activities in Oyo State as they become available.
On Wednesday, the naira fell further at the parallel market, while it also fell on the Investor & Exporter window to 773.42/$. The local currency had closed at 757.10/$ at the I&E Window on Tuesday
Bureau De Change operators in Lagos, Kano Abuja and airports told the dollar between 895/dollar and 905/dollar on Wednesday.
A BDC operator at the Lagos airport, who simply identified himself as Sanusi Ibrahim told The PUNCH that “We bought and sold the naira today at 890/$ and N900/$.”
At the Central Business District in Abuja, a BDC operator, Yusuf Kareem, said, “The dollar is still scarce. We sold for N900 today.”
At the Allen Avenue Ikeja, Lagos, Alhaji Gambo Aliu, a currency dealer said he told the greenback at 905/dollar.
As naira continued to defy efforts to tame its slide, the Central Bank of Nigeria has threatened to revoke operating the licences of BDCs who violated its rules.
The President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria, Aminu Gwadabe, confirmed this to The PUNCH, after a sensitisation engagement with BDC operators.
“At a sensitisation engagement between the CBN and our compliance officers across the zones, the apex bank reiterated that by 31st of August, 2023, any operator that breaches its circular on the allowable margin of -2.5 per cent and +2.5 per cent on average weighted rate of I&E closing rate, rendition of returns and payment of penalties, risks the revocation of the operating licence,” he said.
On Friday, the apex bank announced operational mechanism for the BDCs to trade foreign currencies at similar rate obtainable on the Investor & Exporter forex window.
It gave the directive to BDCs in a circular dated August 17, 2023, and titled, ‘Operational mechanism for Bureau de Change operations in Nigeria.’
The Kaduna State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) Hassan Taura said that the Federal Government has approved an upward review of feeding allowance for corp members.
The coordinator who made this known while fielding questions from journalists, shortly after the opening/swearing-in ceremony for the 2023 batch B stream 2 orientation course did not specifically disclose which of the corps member’s allowances was reviewed.
When asked what plans were made for the corps members in terms of welfare while in the orientation camp and beyond, he said “first, the federal government in its wisdom has reviewed the feeding allowance of the corps members.”
The coordinator who promised to prioritize corps members’ welfare in his state said, “I told them (corps members) I’m going to make their food of good quality and quantity.
“I told them I will ensure that they won’t spend their money in the camp market. This is the promise I made to them and I’m fulfilling them.
“I’m going to feed them in such a way that they will not spend from their pocket. They don’t even have the money, so it is our duty to ensure we feed them well.
On arrangements by the state government and private organizations to ensure timely payment of stipends of corps members posted to them for Primary Assigment, he said, “In line with our operations of the monthly stipend we pay corp members, we expect their employers, be it state goverment, private organization we post corps members to pay them some little stipend in addition to what Federal Goverment sends them. This employers should be able to fulfill that.”
British police said on Tuesday they had charged former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, with bribery offences, saying they suspected she had accepted bribes in return for awarding multi-million-pounds oil and gas contracts, Reuters reported.
Alison-Madueke, 63, was a key figure in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, serving as petroleum resources minister from 2010 to 2015.
She also served as president of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
“We suspect Diezani Alison-Madueke abused her power in Nigeria and accepted financial rewards for awarding multi-million-pound contracts.
“These charges are a milestone in what has been a thorough and complex international investigation,” said Andy Kelly, Head of the National Crime Agency’s International Corruption Unit.
The NCA said Alison-Madueke was accused of benefitting from at least 100,000 pounds in cash, chauffeur driven cars, flights on private jets, luxury holidays for her family, and the use of multiple London properties.
Charges against her also detail financial rewards including furniture, renovation work and staff for the properties, payment of private school fees, and gifts from high-end designer shops such as Cartier jewellery and Louis Vuitton goods, the NCA said.
British police said she was currently living in St John’s Wood, an upmarket area of West London, and would appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on October 2, 2023.
The PUNCH reports that Alison-Madueke who’s being probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since she left office, she has been dogged by corruption allegations but denies the charges.
In October, 2022, Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the final forfeiture of two Abuja properties and two luxury cars belonging to Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.
The two properties are located at Plot 1854 Mohammed Mahashir Street and No. 6, Aso Drive in Abuja’s highbrow Asokoro and Maitama Districts, respectively, and are valued at $2,674,418 and N380m.
The luxury cars are a black BMW saloon with chassis number B8CV54V66629 and registration number RBC155 DH and a black Jaguar saloon with chassis number SAJAA.20 GRDMv43376, valued at N36m.
The judge gave the order forfeiting the assets to the Federal Government while ruling on the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in suit No. 1122/2021 and Suit No. 1123/2021, asking for the final forfeiture of the assets.
The EFCC in a statement obtained by our correspondent said the commission had on November 29, 2021, secured the interim forfeiture of the assets in a ruling on a separate motion ex-parte filed on September 27, 2021, which prayed the court to order the interim forfeiture of the assets on the grounds of reasonable suspicion that they were proceeds of unlawful activities.
The statement read, “In granting the interim forfeiture order, Justice Olajuwon had ordered the EFCC to publish a notice in a national newspaper, inviting anyone with an interest in the assets to show the reason why they should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The court consequently adjourned till January 22, 2022, for a report.
However, in May, 2023, Alison-Madueke instituted a suit against the EFCC and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation over what she termed a false and malicious attempt to “paint her as a common criminal”, Saturday PUNCH reported.
The matter filed in the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, with Suit No. CV/6273/2023, was signed by her legal representation, led by Mr Mike Ozekhome, SAN.
It had the EFCC and the AGF as the first and second defendants respectively.
Alison-Madueke requested the sum of N100m to be paid as damages for the “false accusations and publications” written against her by the EFCC.
She also added that the EFCC must apologise in at least three national dailies for the “injurious damage to her reputation”.
The EFCC, on August 8, 2017, released an expose titled, ‘EFCC traces N47.2bn, $487.5m to ex-Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke’, accusing the former minister of fraud and money laundering.
Alison-Madueke left the country shortly after leaving office in 2015.
Shortly after the EFCC publication, several other sums of money and other assets, including jewellery and houses, linked to her had been seized and forfeited to the Federal Government.
Alison-Madueke, in her suit against the EFCC and AGF, denied the allegations, adding that the publication by the anti-graft agency was ‘maliciously written and authored and/or caused to be written, authored or published to the whole world at large’.
In the statement of claim, Alison-Madueke, through her lawyer, Ozekhome, said the reason she left the country on May 22, 2015, was because she was diagnosed with ‘the most aggressive form of breast cancer – Triple Negative Cancer – and was hurriedly flown to England in order to undertake a critical course of treatment’.
Alison-Madueke further stated that ‘no money whatsoever to the tune of $72.8 million associated to her was discovered in Fidelity Bank.
“The claimant (Alison-Madueke) states that contrary to the ridiculous allegation made by the 1st defendant that the sum of N47.2 bn, $487.5 m, $2.5 bn, $72.8 m, etc, were traced to the claimant’s home and bank accounts are laughable as no home can house such an amount of cash except for the Central Bank of Nigeria; nor banks keep custody of such sums without alerting appropriate authorities.”