Ajimobi Scores His Administration High After Valedictory Session

 

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has scored his administration high after a valedictory Executive Council meeting held with his commissioners and special advisers.

The governor during the valedictory session held at the Executive Chambers of his office urged members of his cabinet to hold their head up high for being a part of his ‘historic and impactful two-term tenure.’

“The history of Oyo State had hitherto been replete with brigandage, thuggery, violence and other things antithetical to development, but, today, we can say God has done wonderfully well with us by assisting us to successfully turn around its fortunes.

“Our eight years in the saddle have been very eventful. We came, we saw and I can boastfully say we have achieved. We came with a development principle that we called the pyramid of development, where we considered security and infrastructure as pivotal.

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“To all these, we have been very committed and we can today beat our chests and say we have restored the glory of Oyo State. We have returned the state back to the top level among the comity of modern, developed States. We met Oyo State in bricks and we are leaving it in marbles,” he said.

Ajimobi appreciated members of his cabinet for standing firm with his administration and giving their best to ensure effective delivery of good governance.

The Deputy Governor, Moses Adeyemo, thanked the governor for giving members of the cabinet the chance to be part of the team that transformed the state, adding that the knowledge garnered during the administration would be put to better use in their different endeavours.

Secretary to the State Government, Olalekan Alli, said that the cabinet held 205 Executive Council meetings, where 165 decisions were taken. This according to him resulted in the execution of 1,085 state projects.

He lauded the governor and members of the cabinet for raising the bar of governance in the state in areas of agriculture, security, and commerce.

Obasanjo, Ajimobi Inaugurate Projects At IITA

Director-General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr Nteranya Sanginga; former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, during the unveiling of the institute’s circular road named after the governor, at IITA, Ibadan.. Photo: Governor’s Office 

 

Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi over the weekend inaugurated some projects at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

The projects include a 10.5km ring road named after the state governor and an agricultural transformation building dedicated to research and delivery of innovations to farmers across Nigeria.

Governor Ajimobi during the inauguration said the support given to IITA was in realisation of the importance of agriculture to Oyo State, and the contribution of IITA to agricultural development in the state.

“Today Oyo State is the best place to invest and promote agriculture because we have IITA located in the state,” he said.

Obasanjo, at the event, commended Governor Ajimobi for supporting IITA and called for the extension of innovations generated from research stations to farmers.

Also the goodwill ambassador of IITA, the former president said, recommendations in the Policy Framework need to be implemented by the incoming administration.

“Our problem is not policy formulation but implementation,” he said.

He added that there was a gap between research institutions and the ordinary smallholder farmers, “and we need to close that gap to bring about agricultural transformation.”

The construction of the agricultural transformation building commenced in 2017 with a foundation laying ceremony officiated by former Nigerian heads of government, General Yakubu Gowon, and Chief Obasanjo; and the African Development Bank President, Akin Adesina as part of projects initiated to mark the 50th anniversary of IITA.

The building, which was funded by the African Development Bank through a Nigerian project— Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program (ATASP)— comprises 22 offices, 8 large laboratory spaces, a conference room, and a utility facility.

The Director-General of IITA, Nteranya Sanginga, said the rejuvenation of IITA facility in Nigeria was crucial for the institute’s sustained efforts to transform agriculture on the continent.

“We are excited to see a state in Nigeria showing the example by supporting infrastructure in an international agricultural research center. This is not common, and we commend the government and people of Oyo State,” he said.

Dr Sanginga also commended the government of Nigeria and the AfDB for their support towards the construction of the building, adding that it would accelerate the pace of research and accommodate the best/critical human and material resource needed to bring transformation to the agricultural sector.

 

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Oyo Spent N46bn On Tertiary Institutions In Seven Years, Says Ajimobi

We’ve Delivered Democracy Dividends To Oyo People - Ajimobi
File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, says his administration has spent about N46 billion to fund the state-owned tertiary institutions in the last seven years.

He stated this on Monday while inaugurating the ultramodern Oba Akinbiyi Model School at Mokola, Ibadan, the state capital.

According to him, the School Governing Board (SGB), a novel participatory model of school management system introduced by his administration in 2016, which accommodates the stakeholders in the day-to-day running of public secondary schools, had so far attracted funding to the tune of N15bn.

Ajimobi’s comments come shortly after swearing-in 11 newly-appointed permanent secretaries.

He thereafter inaugurated the newly-constructed Ijokodo-Apete Road, now named Ambassador Olu Saanu Road, as well as Challenge-Efunsetan Road named after former Governor Lam Adeshina.

Ajimobi explained that his administration’s scientific approach to his mandate informed the organization of two education summits in 2012 and 2016, which identified major gaps in the education sector.

He noted that a significant part of the gap was infrastructural decay in the school system, consequent upon which the state embarked on the provision of world-class facilities in public schools with a vision to deliver quality education across the state.

“As an administration, we have presided over the most focused, prudent and responsible management of available resources for the maximum benefit of our people for eight years.

“Underpinning every step we have taken is our desire for quality in whatever we do. Aside from the three model schools, renovation of several blocks of classrooms in over 100 secondary schools across the state was recently carried out to create a conducive learning environment,” he stated.

The governor said his administration’s desire to make tertiary education more available informed the upgrade of Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate to an autonomous college, and the College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora from a monotechnic to a polytechnic.

“We have spent close to N46billion on the funding of state-owned tertiary institutions in the last seven years. If you divide it by seven, it means we have spent close to N7bn every year on education.

“Contrary to some uninformed opinions, this administration has succeeded in repositioning all tertiary institutions owned by the state, setting them on the path of financial prudence for sustainable management and development,” he stated.

On the gains of the SGB policy, the governor said that over N8bn had been committed to the management of public secondary schools by the stakeholders, aside the 7billion which government had also spent on renovation of schools.

He said that the financial, manpower, logistics and intellectual contributions made by the stakeholders, including alumni associations, parent-teachers’ association and community leaders, among others was a reflection of the popularity of the policy.

The governor also said that his administration had made a huge impact on education, health, agriculture, urban renewal and other areas.

 

 

Oyo Sets Aside N200m Monthly To Assist Six State-Owned Tertiary Institutions

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File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo State Government has disclosed that it has set aside an additional Two Hundred Million Naira (N200m) special grant on monthly basis to assist the State institutions in off-setting their outstanding arrears.

The Government said that the first installment of the N200m Special Grant will take effect from March 2019 and will be paid alongside the March 2019 allocation, reiterating that the assistance covers 2016 and 2017 outstanding salaries while 2018 will be paid fully by each institution and some institutions had complied.

The State Head of Service (HoS), Mrs. Olawumi Ogunesan stated that these were part of the decisions agreed on during the meeting of the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi with the Chairmen of Governing Councils and Heads of the Six Oyo State Owned tertiary Institutions held at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan.

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Mrs. Ogunesan said that the government has agreed to assist in off-setting the outstanding salaries within the period of Thirty-two (32) months, adding “the state institutions including The Polytechnic Ibadan, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, The Oke – Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo-Ora and The College of Education, Lanlate are autonomous by Law establishing them.

“The Governing Council of each institution is responsible for payment of salaries and allowances as entrenched in its laws. The government, therefore, is committed to the provision of assistance to each institution. Consequent upon submission of Reports by KPMG Advisory Services on Financial Sustainability Review of each Institution, the Chairmen of Governing Councils of the Institutions pleaded with Government to assist in defraying the backlog of salaries arrears owed by each institution up till December 2017.

“Acceding to the request, Government resolved to assist the institutions to defray the backlog of salary arrears up to December 2017 to ensure the fiscal sustainability of each institution. The government however directed that the wage bills of all the institutions are audited and the audit report presented ahead of any assistance.

“The government has verified and confirmed the total salary indebtedness to the six State-Owned Tertiary institutions totaling N6.8b representing the outstanding salary spanning January 2016 to December 2017. The government decided that due to the paucity of funds, it shall set aside an additional sum of N200m Special Grant on a monthly basis to assist the institutions in off-setting the outstanding arrears.” Mrs. Ogunesan explained.

She noted that the outstanding of N4bn for LAUTECH, Ogbomoso presented at the meeting would be treated separately, noting that another meeting would be held within the next 14 days between Oyo and Osun States to work out modalities of settling the outstanding arrears.

Oyo Elections: PDP Accuses Ajimobi Of Plot To Cause Violence

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, claimed it has uncovered plans by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state to use fake policemen to cause unrest across the state ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The party, in a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said the motive behind the alleged plan is to create fear in the minds of voters and discourage them from coming out to vote on Saturday.

Odeyemi said apart from fake policemen, who had already been stationed in towns, especially those with the strong PDP support base, some members of National Union of Road Transport Workers had already also been armed allegedly by the governor and given the order to cause unrest across Ibadan metropolis from Friday evening.

He further explained that Governor Ajimobi resort to crude use of force to prevent impending PDP victory in the governorship poll, after he met a brick wall in other plots he attempted to break the opposition party’s rank across Oyo state.

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He, however, declared that PDP would not allow executive rascality and use of state machinery to prevent voters from exercising their inalienable right in Oyo state and urged the leadership of Police Force, Department of State Service and other security apparatus to be alive to their responsibility and prevent infiltration of their tanks by fake policemen that Ajimobi want to use to cause unrest across the state.

The statement reads: “we have uncovered the plan by the ‘Koseleri’ Governor Abiola Ajimobi to use fake policemen and armed members of NURTW to cause unrest across Oyo state beginning from Friday.

“The motive behind the plan is to ensure that the people don’t come out of the vote. The fake policemen and NURTW would cause unrest especially in Local Government considered to be PDP stronghold.

“He is hell-bent on fostering an unpopular candidate on the people of Oyo state. He was jolted by the defeat he suffered in the last election and wanted to save his face.”

Meanwhile, the ruling party in the state has dismissed the allegation by the PDP, saying that Governor Ajimobi has zero tolerance for insecurity and would not contemplate any form of action that would lead to a security breach.

In a statement, the APC said the PDP was in a mourning mood following its loss of the Presidential Election after spending so much money in its “desperation to win at all cost”.

“Just like they were warned before the Presidential Election, we are again warning them that Oyo State has no place for desperadoes as represented by PDP and I wish to let them know that their nuisance-noise making value would come to a halt by next week,” it added.

I Am Supporting, Not Moving Against Ajimobi, Says Tinubu

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is his partner, not a rival and that his intervention in Oyo APC is to engender genuine reconciliation.

Reacting to a report that he was moving to ban Governor Ajimobil from leading APC campaigns in Oyo and bringing back to the party’s fold, former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Tinubu

Tinubu said Governor Ajimobi as an excellent governor and a faithful member of the APC who has brought progress to the state and in serving two consecutive terms, made history in Oyo.

According to a statement on Monday by Tinubu’s Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman said the APC National Leader said he was only lending his support to the governor and APC’s efforts in the state.

The statement read: The report titled “Tinubu Bans Ajimobi from Appearing at APC Governorship Rallies” is another of SaharaReporters’ excursions into falsehood. The report claims that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu somehow has banned Governor Abiola Ajimobi from attending APC campaigns for Saturday’s governorship election in Oyo State.

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“This report goes beyond a lie. It is a vindictive attempt to sow discord because the writer is angered by the APC’s success in the presidential election. Thus, the writer has cast truth aside in his angry desire to inflict some kind of electoral wound on the APC. However, the writer should refrain from this path of falsehood. It would be better for the writer to come to grips with reality and to accept the fact of the APC presidential victory and the likelihood of APC victories in most governorship elections, including that of Oyo.

“The mischief that SaharaReporters cites is not between Tinubu and Ajimobi. It is solely in the mind of SaharaReporters. By its unsubstantiated report, the medium seeks to set brother against brother. Asiwaju and Governor Ajimobi have been political brothers and allies for a long time. Their friendship existed long before SaharaReporters came to the scene and will endure long after this self-diminishing online site is no more.

“Moreover, Governor Ajimobi has been an excellent governor and a faithful member of the APC. He has brought progress to the state and is serving two consecutive terms, Ajimobi made history in Oyo. He is instrumental to anything the APC can achieve in Oyo. The truth is that Asiwaju is not trying to supplant or hide the governor. Instead, Asiwaju is lending his support to the governor’s and APC’s efforts in the state. They are partners, not rivals.

“As such, he has held strategic meetings with some notable groups and important individuals. The heart of the discussions was the need for all to come together to achieve victory for APC in the March 9 governorship poll. At no time did the issue of banning anybody, talk less of Governor Ajimobi, enter into the discussions. We want and need Governor Ajimobi to be a visible figure at the forefront of this campaign during these final decisive days. He will prove pivotal to our hope for victory in the state.

“SaharaReporters betrayed its abject bias with this report. It makes absolutely no sense to even try to stop a sitting governor from campaigning in that governor’s state. Such a move would only create enmity and hinder, not help a campaign. For SaharaReporters to claim this is to claim that Asiwaju is a political novice. Asiwaju has never barred anyone from participating in a campaign. Why would he now start with Ajimobi in Ajimobi’s own state?

“In addition to not having such a negative inclination, Asiwaju wields no such power and has no desire to have such power. Ajimobi is a sitting governor who can travel his state as he pleases. Who can dare stop him? We want him in and at the rallies. Asiwaju’s intervention in Oyo was to engender genuine reconciliation. To exclude this good and the able governor would have aborted this mission before it started.

“Asiwaju views Governor Ajimobi as highly disciplined and a committed and respected party leader, unlike some others who have no respect for party supremacy. The relationship between them remains solid and loyal. And one hundred false reports by one hundred SaharaReporters cannot change that reality”.

Ajimobi Congratulates PDP’s Balogun On His Victory

We’ve Delivered Democracy Dividends To Oyo People - Ajimobi
File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo State governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo South Senatorial District in last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Kola Balogun, on his victory.

In a statement on Monday, Governor Ajimobi said there was nothing to feel sad about because his party won two out of the three Senatorial seats and nine out of 14 federal constituency seats.

“I hereby accept the result as announced. Although there were a number of grievous infractions and established electoral malpractices, I have decided to let go in the interest of peace. I, therefore, congratulate the declared winner, Hon. Kola Balogun and our APC Senators-elect, Abdulfatai Buhari and Teslim Folarin,” the governor said.

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While expressing appreciation to the people of the state for their peaceful conduct and large turnout during the elections, the governor said that the people of the state had shown their love for the APC by voting massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC candidates.

The governor added, “The victory has shown the unassailable leadership of the APC in Oyo State. It has also shown that our people are appreciative of the developmental strides of the APC in the state and the country at large.

“We have taken Oyo State to an unprecedented level in terms of massive infrastructural renewal. Most importantly, we have ensured peace in the state.”

On the loss of Oyo South Senatorial seat to the PDP, Governor Ajimobi said that would not deter him from his firm resolve and that of the APC to work hard for the party’s victory in the governorship election.

Ajimobi Loses Bid For Oyo South Senatorial District To PDP’s Balogun

File Photo of Governor Abiola Ajimobi 

 

The Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has lost his bid for a seat in the Senate to represent Oyo South Senatorial District, after being defeated by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kola Balogun.

Mr. Balogun polled 105,720 votes to beat his opponent, Governor Ajimobi who scored 92, 218 votes.

Also, the APC candidate for Oyo Central Senatorial District, Teslim Folarin, has been declared the winner of the senatorial seat, polling 91, 080 votes.

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He was closely followed by the PDP candidate, Bisi Ilaka who scored 83,600 while the incumbent senator for the senatorial district, Monsurat Sunmonu of the ADC scored 41,654 to emerge third.

In Oyo North Senatorial District, Sen. Fatai Buhari of the APC retained his seat with a total of 107,703 votes, while the former House Leader, Mulikat Akande came second after polling 89,365 votes.

Ajimobi Commends Peaceful Conduct Of Polls In Oyo

Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo state Governor and South Senatorial District candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abiola Ajimobi, has commended the peaceful conduct of polls in the state.

He described the election as credible, peaceful and relatively hitch-free.

He said this during an interview with journalists shortly after casting his vote in company with his wife, Florence Ajimobi, at Ward 11, Unit 20, Oluyole Community Grammar School, Oluyole Extension, Ibadan.

The governor said the election was the best he had witnessed since he joined politics.

According to him, the conduct of the election was a marked improvement from the past exercises, apart from reported cases of the late arrival of polling materials in few polling units across the state.

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The governor said he was particularly impressed by the large turnout of voters, especially youths whom he said had, by their actions on Saturday, demonstrated their resolve to assume leadership positions.

“I’m impressed with the conduct of today’s election which I can confidently say passes the litmus test of freeness, fairness, and credibility. I congratulate the people of Oyo State for turning out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.

“The atmosphere in this polling unit is that of conviviality. We are all laughing and smiling at one another. The faces I see here are the faces of people who are happy and satisfied with this election.

“From what I have seen here and the reports I have received so far, the election is hugely successful and credible. The few cases of the late arrival of electoral materials were later resolved.

“Not minding whether they are voting for our party or not, the voters here received me and my family warmly and you can see all of us throwing banters. I must tell you, this is another achievement of our administration. I did not hear any case of brigandage or violence so far.

“You will know the type of government in power by the people’s attitudes during elections. Today, generally, the election has been conducted in an atmosphere of peace, which is a thing of joy to me. What this means is that our government has enthroned peace in this state.”

He called on the people of the state to maintain the orderliness, peaceful conduct and large turnout for the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Ajimobi Promises To Represent South-West Effectively In Senate

Governor Abiola Ajimobi said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has performed well to see the re-election of a second term, during an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019 on Monday.

 

The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has promised to represent the south-west effectively when he gets into the Senate.

Governor Ajimobi who is running for the Oyo Senatorial district at the Senate said that he will impact on the district and the entire south-west region.

The governor made the promise when he led the party’s supporters on a road show through major markets in Ibadan, the state capital.

The governor was accompanied by the governorship candidate of the party, Adebayo Adelabu, party leaders and candidates vying for different offices in the general election.

Ajimobi again used the occasion to urge the electorate in the state to vote en masse for President Muhammadu Buhari, Adelabu and other APC candidates in the elections.

As a Senator who once served as a principal officer in the Upper Chamber, as well as the first two-term governor in the state, Ajimobi said that he was in good stead to offer the best possible representation.

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Earlier during a tour of the 10 local government areas in Oke Ogun, Ajimobi solicited the support of traditional rulers in sensitizing their people on the need to vote en masse for the APC without violence.

The Duo of Ajimobi and Adelabu maintained that the APC remains the party to beat in the coming elections as Ajimobi’s projects on infrastructure, education, health, Agric and commerce would speak for the party in Oyo state.

Ajimobi added that his foray into politics has brought lots of development to theb state and he would use his vast network in the people’s best interest as he returns to the Senate through their votes.

For eight years, the governor said that the avalanche of infrastructural revolution in the state, which brought it at par with other major cities across the country would not be easily forgotten even as he vows to attract greater development to the state if elected senator.

‘Youths Are The Active Breadwinners Of Nigeria’ – Ajimobi

 

Florence Ajimobi, the wife of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has described the youths as the active breadwinners of the nation.

She stated this on Saturday during the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

“Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, youths and women constitute nothing less than 75 per cent of the critical mass required to successfully prosecute our re-election bid. They are the young blood of our country and the active breadwinners of our nation.”

The First Lady believes that the youths and women play a crucial role in the re-election bid of the President.

According to her, they cannot be ignored in ensuring the party’s victory in the general elections that are a few weeks away.

“Consequently, this critical mass cannot be underestimated in our quest as a party to take the country to a next level,” she stated.

She stated that the current administration has done quite a lot to handle the welfare of the young people since its inception in 2015.

Ajimobi explained that under the N-Power scheme, President Buhari’s government has gainfully employed over 500,000 youths in parts of the country.

In food production, she noted that the Anchors Borrowers programme of the Federal Government has succeeded in boosting various agricultural enterprises across the federation.

With the presidential election that is about a month away, Mrs Ajimobi appealed to the young people to vote for the ruling party for the re-election of President Buhari.

Ajimobi Presents N285 Billion Budget For 2019

 

The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has presented a budget of two hundred and eighty-five billion Naira (N285bn) for the 2019 fiscal year.

The budget, borne out of the need to sustain the tempo of development in the state had the economic sector gulping the highest vote with 61.5%, while the social sector took 30.19% of the budget.

Noting that capital receipt shall be ring-fenced in line with federal governments’ fiscal sustainability plan, Gov. Ajimobi added that a more aggressive drive to generate revenue internally would evolve.

He expressed appreciation to both the legislative and judicial arms of government for their support so far and urge them not to relent in order to achieve a totally viable state economically.

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The appropriation bill christened ‘budget of sustainability’ has n163.47 billion representing 57.36 % as capital expenditure and n121.53 billion representing 42.64% as recurrent expenditure.

Ajimobi, who listed other priority sectors as administration, law, and justice, said the government would focus more on internally generated revenue (IGR) to finance the budget.

The governor admitted that the 2018 budget performed below expectation as government was unable to meet up with the projected revenue.

He said the 2018 revenue performed at 27.26% instead of 75% of the approved budget and 36.34% on pro-rata as at September, while expenditure for the same period, performed at 25.24% instead of 75% on approved budget and 33.66% on pro-rata.

He stressed that his administration would ensure the completion of ongoing road projects, while others will be left for the incoming administration to complete.
Ajimobi added that the government has paid all salaries of civil servants up to date as at the last day of 2018.

Stressing that Oyo is a very challenging state to rule but his administration is leaving Oyo state much better than they met it.

Meanwhile, the speaker, Oyo state house of assembly hon Olagunju Ojo commended the governor for returning the state to the path of glory in the last eight years.

Ojo said the Ajimobi-led administration has put in place several people-oriented policies that restored peace and economic growth to the state.

He noted that the 8th assembly had considered 84 bills out of which 59 were passed into law while other bills are at the state of consideration.

The speaker charged members of the state executive council to double up their efforts toward ensuring that ongoing projects were completed.