Osinbajo Takes Campaign To Ijebu-Ode, Meets Awujale

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday took the campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

Professor Osinbajo during the visit to the town, had a closed door meeting with Awujale, the traditional ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona.

He also met with the family of Chief Mrs Lucia Onabanjo and the Founder of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Subomi Balogun.

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VP Osinbajo In Closed-Door Meeting With Awujale

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has had a closed-door meeting with the Awujale and paramount ruler of ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona at his private home in Ijebuode.

The meeting which lasted for over two hours was kept away from the prying eyes of the journalists who were eager to cover the meeting but were told it was a private meeting

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Although the outcome of the meeting was not made public, still it may not be unconnected with efforts to seek the understanding of the monarch and other traditional rulers from the area in the buildup to the forthcoming general elections

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday continued the family chats and door-to-door political campaign in Saki town, Oyo State.

Prof Osinbajo during the campaign addressed an excited crowd and visited families in their homes.

He was accompanied by the Oyo State Deputy Governor, Moses Alake Adeyemo, the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu and All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu.

Gov. Amosun Rescinds Decision To Scrap Tai Solarin University

AmosunThe Ogun State Government, South West Nigeria may have rescinded its earlier decision on scrapping the state owned Tai Solarin University of Education located at Ijagun area of Ijebu Ode.

The State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, said that the institution has come to stay.

He was speaking during the 3rd, 4th and 5th convocation ceremonies of the university, held at the university campus in Ijagun.

The Governor seized the opportunity provided by the occasion to appeal to the institution lecturers to show more understanding, especially in the face of the dwindling revenue from the Federal Government, which he said has put more states under financial tight corners.

While seeking more support and understanding from staff and management of the institution, Governor Amosun also announced automatic employment for first class graduating students of the institution.

The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Oluyemisi Obilade, during her speech urged the graduating students to continue to be good ambassadors of the institution and use the knowledge and experience gained to better the society and Nigeria at large.

Highpoint of the occasion was the award of honorary doctorate degree to some prominent Nigerians which included the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona and the wife of the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Kayode Fayemi, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, for their contribution to their communities and humanity in general.

About 11,000 graduands found worthy both in learning and character were turned out at the convocation ceremonies.

The Tai Solarin University of Education was established in 2005.

Emir Of Kano, Awujale Sue For Peace In Nigeria

Emir Of KanoNigerians have been charged to see the cultural and traditional diversities existing among various ethnic groups in Nigeria as a unifying factor rather than one that should divide them.

This charge was made by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, when the former paid a courtesy call on him in his palace in Ijebu Ode.

The event was attended by members of the Ijebu traditional council, former governors of Ogun State, captains of industry, members of the Ogun State Executive Council among other dignitaries

The courtesy call, according to the Emir of Kano, was to extend his hands of fellowship to the Awujale for his role in his emergence as the Emir of Kano and to seek more collaboration and understanding with the paramount ruler.

As expected, the Emir solicited for cultural integration among his people and the South West Nigeria.

The Oba of Lagos, who was also part of the meeting, asked traditional rulers to live above board in their responsibility as custodians of culture and tradition.

Speaking passionately about the need to protect the integrity of the royal class, he threatened to expose some of the roles played by some traditional rulers during the Abacha regime.

The Awujale and the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, gave some advise to the new Emir and also prayed for continuous peace and harmony in the country.

Traditional Ruler Decries Dearth Of Doctors In Primary Health Centres

The Gbegande of Ososa, in Ogun State, Dr. Adetoye Alatishe, on Friday called on the government to pay close attention to the primary health centres in rural communities as citizens in those regions do not have access to the best services, owing to the dearth of medical professionals.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Mr Alatishe, who is a medical doctor by profession, said that “in the rural area, you find that there’s a dirge of professionals.”

According to him, indigenes of the rural communities who are medical doctors do not want to return to their roots for the purpose of practicing their profession but would rather seek more attractive offers in urban cities.

As a result of this, “I found myself helping out particularly when we have serious emergencies in the maternity ward.”

He recounted tales of occasions when he had to set aside his royal duties to attend to citizens as a doctor.

“There have been events where they had cases like retained second twin… a woman delivers in the traditional home and the second twin will not come out.

“You know this thing is not just by calling the baby to come out, you have to do some maneuvers and then they take them to the maternity centre in the town. I’ve had cause to go and help them get the second baby out.

Sometimes we have to do surgical procedures. I’ve had cases too when I had to get retained placenta as well out and so many other serious cases that nurses cannot handle.”

The traditional head who started his private practice in Ijebu Ode but had to relocate to Ososa on a smaller scale, said that his subjects were pleased with his actions.

“I believe it has tremendously assisted the people a lot.”

Speaking on the roles of traditional heads in ensuring the success of primary health care in their locality, he advised traditional heads to be more interested in the health system. “You have the right to ask professional practicing in your villages, various towns: show me your certificate. Where did you graduate?”

Before being crowned ‘Oba,’ Alatishe was the pioneer executive secretary of Primary Health in Ogun state. Invariably, I’ve had cause to give lectures to the Obas at the Oba Council in Ogun state and I know that this is one of the things I actually told the Obas.

He stated that there are about 400 primary health centres but that majority of the doctors in local government are engaged in administrative duties and so “they don’t have time to attend to patients.”

He called on the government to look into the issue of medical personnel at the rural health centres.

“It’s always a good thing to establish health centres, but what do you do with it thereafter, apart from putting equipment what about personnel? You can’t get doctors to work in rural areas and this is something that the government really has to do something about.”

The Oba had taken the initiative to build a doctors’ quarters as a way of attracting hired doctors to stay but stopped the plan to make the government appreciate the efforts being made.

Asked about the relationship between traditional rulers and the local government, Mr Alatishe said “an average council chairman will tell you there’s scarcity of funds.  I don’t think Ogun state is an exception.”

He further commended the Rivers State and Lagos State governments for their efforts in supporting grassroots projects.

He stressed on the need for both modern and traditional medical practitioners to collaborate in order to ensure that citizens at the grassroots are catered for.

He suggested that medical doctors in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) must be enticed with “serious incentives” to draw them to serve in the rural areas.