Amaechi, Amosun, Others Test-Run Section Of Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project

 

A test-run of the completed section of the 156km Lagos-Ibadan rail modernisation project was carried out on Friday, February 8. 

On the ride for the inspection were the Minister of transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Senator Ashafa, traditional rulers and other government functionaries as well as the management staff of the Nigerian railway corporation.

The Managing Director of the rail corporation Eng. Fidelis Okhiria was very upbeat about the achievement.

Okhiria said the people can now travel for free from Iju, Lagos to Abeokuta for about a month, using the newly-completed trains by the Federal Government.

He said non-commercial operations will begin next week, between Iju and Abeokuta.

According to Mr Okhiria, the train will run the route 4times a day, he added that by the end of May, the Lagos-Ibadan tracks will be completed.

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Obasanjo, Saraki Meet Behind Closed Doors

Obasanjo, Saraki Meet Behind Closed Doors

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Monday met behind closed doors in Ogun State.

The meeting, which lasted for more than an hour, was held at the residence of the former president in Abeokuta, the state capital.

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After the meeting, the Senate President told reporters that the visit was a private one and to fulfil a promise he made to the former president.

“I missed the opening (of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library) the last time, and I promised Baba that I must come and see the library. It’s beautiful, it’s fantastic; we are proud of what he’s been able to do here, it’s very good to see it,” he said.

The Senate President, however, declined to give details about his discussion with the former President.

10 Dead In Bus Accident Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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Ten passengers were on Tuesday killed while travelling in a commercial bus from Abeokuta to Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

The accident occurred along the Lagos/ Ibadan expressway when the bus they were traveling in collided with a truck.

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun State, confirmed the tragic incident explaining that it occurred around 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday, adding that speeding and negligence on the part of the truck driver caused the accident.

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The truck driver he said, only sustained injury in the accident.

“The truck with registration number BDG 7I4 XE was coming from Ibadan inward Abeokuta, while the Toyota Litace marked EKY I85 XH was traveling to Ibadan outward Abeokuta.

“Due to speed and negligence on the part of the truck driver, it had head on collision with the bus, leading to the accident that claimed the lives of all the passengers in the bus.

“Eleven people were involved in the crash; two females and eight males died in the accident, while driver of the truck was the only one injured,” he said.

The TRACE spokesman said that the corpses of the victims had been deposited at the Adeoyo Hospital Morgue in Ibadan, while the injured are receiving treatment in the same hospital.

FMC Staff Protest Alleged Imposition Of CMD In Abeokuta

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Members of the medical and health workers, National Association of Nurses and Midwives have protested over the alleged imposition of a new Chief of Medical Director at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.

The members in their numbers with various placards rejected in totality the alleged appointment of prof Abdul Semiu Musa from the University of Ilorin teaching hospital who is being penciled down for the job

They said events leading to the conduct of the appointment interview did not follow the due process, saying it was shrouded in secrecy by the Federal Ministry of Health.

”The appointment of Prof Musa would be a recipe for anarchy and industrial disharmony which would not be accepted, the position of staff members as earlier communicated to the ministry by the above named unions/associations dated 13th December and 16th January 2017 is sacrosanct and not negotiable”.

”The presidency whose prerogative of appointment we duly acknowledge should not be misled into appointing an external party but give us a substantive medical director from within”

They called for the appointment of the Chief Medical Director from among the 65 consultants from the Medical Centre in Abeokuta who applied for the position to sustain the peace being enjoyed in the institution

‘We call on  all well meaning Nigerians especially our patient population should know that the ministry is hell bent in undermining a peaceful and congenial working environment, where patients come and receive medical attention and reprieve in forcing down our throat a misfit as the next medical director”.

Ogun Govt. Warns Applicants Into School Of Nursing Against Fraudsters

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun State Government, has called on all candidates seeking admission into the state’s owned school of Nursing for the 2017/2018 academic session, to visit the State Ministry of Health, Department of Nursing Services, Room 104, New Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta for admission procedures.

This is in effect is to save them from falling victims of fraudsters and admission racketeering.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye,  the warning became imperative for the prospective candidates in order not to fall victims of fraudsters while seeking for admission into the School of Nursing both online registration and hard copy documentation of application procedures.

According to the statement, all interested candidates must at least possess five (5) O’level credits in not more than two sittings including English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while candidates awaiting result can also apply.

The statement also had it that, applicants are expected to have a functional E-mail address as application closes on Wednesday, June 30, 2017.

However, a Computer Base Test (CBT) Examination for all successful candidates will come up on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the School of Nursing (SON), Idi-Aba Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by 8:00am.

Ogun Govt. Launches Groundwater Abstraction Scheme

The Ogun State Government, has launched the implementation of the groundwater abstraction scheme, aimed at providing the much needed regulatory intervention for sustainable use of water from such formations.

At a ceremony held at the Cultural Centre, kuto, Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, said this became imperative in order to provide a platform for data gathering.

Under the scheme, companies intending to commercialize ground water abstraction for agriculture and manufacturing purposes shall be licensed to withdraw groundwater, as being practiced in developed nations of the world.

“One of the major objectives of the water abstraction control scheme is to provide a platform for data gathering on the various groundwater abstraction facilities in the state, either existing ones or those to be drilled in the future.

“The implementation of the scheme will also provide for continuous monitoring of the quality of water coming out of the aquifers and the quality of the abstraction system.

“The information from such exercise will enable the state to proactively respond to identified area of potential risk through appropriate and timely policy strategic action plans”.

Speaking on behalf of some of the key stakeholders present at the occasion, the chairman of borehole association in the state pledged the unalloyed support of the association for the scheme.

“This is another initiative by the state government and it imperative on us that we must support this, we stand to derive maximum benefit from the scheme if all of us play our roles as expected”.

Water plays a critical and key role in human existence, used for personal hygiene, for domestic and industrial use Government over the years has not been able to meet up with the challenges of providing this essential commodity, hence the involvement of the private sector whose activities have in a way not been effectively regulated.

In effect of this, the state government, policy makers, water resource managers, water tanker operators, borehole drillers, industrialists and other end users are here to launch the implementation of water abstraction scheme in the state to provide platform for data gathering.

To ensure the success of the scheme, the state government said it is reviewing the existing legal frameworks in the state.

Ogun Govt. Set To Review Obsolete Forestry Law

Ogun Govt. Set To Review Archaic Forestry Law The Ogun State Government has commenced the review of its Forestry and Wild Life laws promulgated 80 years ago, so as to meet up with current challenges in the forestry sub-sector of the state’s economy.

The State Commissioner for Forestry, Mr Kolawole Lawal, disclosed this while speaking with journalists on the outcome of a stakeholders meeting with Ijebu-Ode timber contractors at his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.

According to the commissioner, the crux of the meeting was to deliberate on ways of tackling the spate of deforestation in the nine forest reserves across the state by illegal operators.

He stated that the review of the Forestry and Wild Life laws had become imperative to forestall forest depletion which according to him, is a major factor in issues of climate change.

Mr Lawal noted that since the promulgation of the law in 1937, “No serious review had been carried out. What was done in 2006 was not a review but just a compendium of the scattered law in a single booklet”.

He, however, expressed optimism that the law when reviewed, would tackle holistically the menace of illegal logging head on.

“The outdated law has greatly affected the operation of the Ministry and development of its forest reserves but once the review is passed into law and approved, illegal activities will be stamped out in our forest reserves”, he said.

On his part, the Secretary, Association of Ijebu Timber Contractors, Ijebu-Ode Chapter, Mr Jide Fakayode, commended the state government for its unrelenting efforts at combating illegality in the reserves.

He then assured the government of the association’s cooperation and commitment to the development of forestry sector.

Ogun Govt. Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods

ogun-rainThe Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

Ogun Govt. Orders Occupants To Vacate Defective Structures

Ogun Govt. Orders Occupants To Vacate Defective StructuresThe Ogun State Government has warned owners and occupants of structurally defective buildings in the state to vacate them or report to the appropriate agency of government for structural assessment to avert possible disaster.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mrs Yetunde Dina, gave the warning while inspecting a partially collapsed building at Ojo lane, Olomore in Abeokuta which claimed the life of an occupant.

Mrs Dina, who commiserated with the family of the deceased, said the building was reported to be structurally defective with cracks around it before the ill-fated partial collapse.

She noted that the occupants had been earlier directed to vacate the dilapidated building as it had been marked for demolition, affirming that the Ministry would go ahead with the demolition to avert further calamity.

The Permanent Secretary said another four storey building also collapsed on Sunday at Leme along Abiola Way in the Ogun State capital.

She explained that the developers of the building in question, which was under construction before the unfortunate incident, used inferior materials and failed to comply with necessary building standards.

Mrs Dina told reporters that although no casualty was recorded at Leme, government would leave no stone unturned at investigating the immediate and remote causes and bring the culprits to book.

Ogun Govt. Commissions Children Emergency Medical Facilities

Ogun State Govt. Advocates Community Service For PrisonersAn emergency facility to enhance child health care services has been commissioned in Ogun State, to give a leap to the desire of the state government for qualitative and affordable healthcare delivery.

The facility, a ‘one stop-shop’ for child care delivery built in the State General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, is equipped with State-of-the-art facilities including laboratory, pharmacy and doctor’s call room for 24 hour service.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye who performed the commissioning said the facility would enable children access health care service without stress, adding that the government’s focus was to make health care accessible to every child in the State.

He commended the management of the hospital for making judicious use of their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the construction of the ward, assuring that similar project would be replicated in other government-owned hospitals across the State.

He explained that, to achieve the efficient health care delivery programme of the present administration, the ministry had put in place mechanism to improve efficiency among the staff and inculcated fund revolving strategy in the management of its facilities for optimal performance.

“In order to achieve the mission of the state government in the health sector, we have imbibed two strategies which are to improve efficiency and alternative ways of revolving funds so that money gotten from the sale of drugs could be used for the hospital development”, he said.

However, the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, noted that pediatricians had been engaged to deliver services that would meet the unique needs of children during emergency.

“We understand that our children need proper attention, especially during emergency, that is why we have decided to separate their emergency ward from the adults”, he said.

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Olukayode Oladeinde enjoined parents to give proper attention to their children to ensure a better and healthy future for them.

Ogun Govt. Partners IFAD On Cassava, Rice Production

Corruption, Poor Leadership Responsible For Africa’s Poverty- IFADThe Ogun state government says it is partnering the International Funds For Agricultural Development (IFAD), to cultivate 6,000 and 2,000 hectres of mechanized farmland for cassava and rice respectively, in the 2017 planting season to ensure food security.

This was communicated in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital at a one day sensitisation workshop for representatives of farmers from the three senatorial districts of the state on mechanized Agriculture service delivery.

According to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo, who was represented by the Ogun state coordinator of the IFAD, Mr Samuel Adeogun, this is in order to take advantage of the sector and its value chain in rice and cassava production to develop the state economy and ensure employment opportunities for its residents.

”We are here because farm mechanization is one of the strategies adopted by IFAD to enhance the productivity of farmers along the rice and cassava value chain and as you know, to improve the productivity of farmers we must be mechanised, the era of hoes and cutlasses are over if we are to feed our teeming population.

”It is becoming very important that we put in place a service delivery that will ensure our farms are adequately mechanized. For this planting season, we are looking at about 6,000 hectres of cassava and 2,000 hectres of rice production and if we are to deliver on this, all hands must be on deck.

”Ogun state is the only state in the whole of the southwest participating in the IFAD supported value chain development programme. That is very instructive for us and let me also put it on record that the state government has actually supported this project.

“Our counterpart funds for 2014 and 2015 have been paid while approval for the 2016 has been granted by the governor. He has been highly supportive of the programme.” he added.

Some of the farmers present at the occasion appealed to the government to fast track efforts in this direction before the commencement of the planting season.

”The government should please come to our aid. At least last year we were able to cultivate about 37 hectres of farmland through mechanized farming and we are targeting 50 hectres this year.

“The most important thing is that government should help us on time before the commencement of the planting season,” they urged.