The Ogun state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye, has charged workers to put in their best to ensure successful implementation of government policies and programmes in its rebuilding mission.
He said this while welcoming the civil servants back to their various duty posts, after the Christmas holiday.
“As we say happy holidays, we say happy new year in advance, for some of us, we don’t really have any holiday, media doesn’t holidays but we are used to that. We do say welcome back to work, we thank God for his blessings and mercies, for giving us the opportunity to see another Christmas and another boxing day and by the grace of God the new year is going to be a prosperous one”.
“As our workers resumed to work after the long holiday, my charge is simply, let us continue from where we dropped off.
“We always pride ourselves as the best in the country, you can see the award held about two weeks ago.
“The governor rewarded five of them free houses for their diligence and dedication, that is to tell you that our workers are diligent and hardworking. So, my charge, let us continue to put in our best and continue to put Ogun state in its rightful position in the comity of states in Nigeria” he said.
A worker, sharing their experiences from the holiday, expressed that it has really reinvigorated them for maximum productivity.
“Sincerely speaking, the holiday has been so refreshing, interesting and exciting and relaxing.
As a matter of fact, it has been the tonic needed to really review, reform, and reinvigorate for the challenges at work. So, you can see that I am looking radiant, I am willing to get the ball rolling”. he concluded.
The Lagos State Government has described as “unfortunate” the incident where a street hawker was knocked down by an oncoming truck at Maryland Bus Stop on Wednesday.
The street hawker, who was trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), had attempted to cross the road before being hit by the truck, which was erroneously thought to be a BRT Bus.
As a result, hoodlums armed with sticks and stones, immediately descended on some BRT buses plying the route as at the time of the incident and in the process destroyed several of the BRT buses.
But the Government in a statement, signed the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, to clarify the ‘misconception’ being circulated in the social media that the street hawker was hit by a BRT bus, said it was a truck belonging to a soft drink company that hit the boy.
“It wasn’t any of our buses that killed him (hawker), it was a soft drink company truck that unfortunately crushed the boy while he was trying to escape from KAI officers who were on patrol trying to rid the street of street hawkers and traders.
“But hoodlums now took advantage of that to start destroying government assets, including several of the brand new BRT buses,” he said.
Ayorinde said it took the intervention of a team from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to quell the riotous scene caused by the hoodlums before the corpse of the boy was taken to the morgue at the General Hospital, Ikeja.
The Commissioner said that at least three hoodlums alleged to have been part of the mob that destroyed the BRT buses have been arrested, saying that the law would take its full course.
“The Lagos State Government would like to use this opportunity to further reiterate that it would not relent in ridding the state of illegality, street trading and hawking,” he said.
Ayorinde said that Section one of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis, while Sections Seven and Eight of the same law gives jurisdiction and power to the Special Court to order the seizure and public auction of items impounded from street traders.
Section 10 of the law, he said, also prescribes a N5000 fine or three months imprisonment upon conviction.
“Street traders are hereby urged to desist from this illegal activity because the government will not be blackmailed and would do that which is necessary.
“And for the miscreants and hoodlums, the Lagos State Government and the Police Command would not allow any act of civil disobedience and those arrested would be dealt with in accordance with the law and further arrests would be made as investigation continues,” he said.
The Lagos State government has advised Lagosians not to panic as the Nigerian Air Force commences night flying training exercise in the state on Monday night.
The exercise, according to the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, is to commence from Monday, April 18 to Saturday April 23 and will last between 7pm to 11pm daily.
The exercise will involve the usage of the C-130 Hercules aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force and the 201 heavy airlift group.
The Commissioner further explained that the C-130 Hercules aircraft will fly very low in some locations across the state, but gave the assurance that residents should not panic as all precautionary and safety measures have been put in place.
He encouraged residents to go about their normal duties, as the exercise is to be conducted with a very insignificant discomfort.
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday advised eligible and registered voters who are yet to pick up their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in the 11 Local Governments where the distribution took place over the weekend, to do so in the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) located at the Local Government offices.
The 11 Local Governments where distribution of Permanent Voters Card took place were Agege, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Mushin, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Ojo.
Free toll lines were also activated on the same day regarding problems experienced in the recent Permanent Voters Card (PVC) distribution.
Members of the public who have any complaint or seek information concerning the Permanent Voters’ Card were asked to communicate such complaints by text only.
In a Press Statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, said the lines have become expedient following numerous anomalies arising from the distribution of the Card in 11 out of 20 Local Government Areas of the state, adding that they would serve as avenues for public enlightenment.
He said the numbers, which according to him, would be publicized on the Government’s website and Social Media, would open a channel of interaction between Government and members of the public over the Permanent Voters’ Card.
He also noted that the interaction would enable the government to explain and give useful information to the electorates and enable them obtain their PVC successfully.
The Osun State Government is appealing to all its pensioners to exercise patience that the arrears owed will be paid.
It attributed the delay in payment to the shortfall of its allocation from the federal account.
Addressing newsmen in Osogbo, the state capital, the Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, said that the escalating revenue crisis in the country was seriously affecting the working machineries of state governments and that the impact on Osun was severe.
According to him, Osun revenue had been suffering serious decline since June 2013, a situation not peculiar to Osun State alone, causing the State Government to augment its monthly salary payment from its savings by about 1billion Naira.
Dr. Bolorunduro stated that the debt inherited as pension arrears from the past administration was 250million, but it was, however, jacked to 650million due to mass retirement of public servants who opted out of contributory pension scheme in 2013.
He, however, gave assurance that the State Government would keep deploying strategic measures to cope with the cash crunch and ensure that all the arrears were cleared.
The Commissioner was also quick to debunk all insinuations that Government intends to cut down on salaries of the work force or retrench, in order to be able to meet up its statutory role in social and developmental efforts.
The Ogun State Government on Monday said that it had released N1.5 billion for the payment of gratuities to pensioners and severance package of former political office holders.
According to a statement sent to Channels Television, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, disclosed that the money would be paid to 561 ex-civil servants and former political office holders who had served the State in different capacities.
Mr Olaniyonu also said “the gratuities will cover the civil servants who retired between May 2011 and November 2012 who have filed their papers with the State Bureau of Pensions, while ex- political office holders who served between 2007 and 2011 but were not paid their severance package by the last administration will benefit from the fund.”
The statement further read that “the fresh release of N1.5 billion will further clear the arrears of pensions which dated back to 2008 inherited by the Amosun Administration.
The commissioner noted that “the payment of gratuity and severance package is a further fulfilment of the promise by Governor Ibikunle Amosun to ensure that everybody who served the state in various capacities and contributed to its development will be paid their dues since the current office holders will one day leave office to become ex- office holders.”
Osun State pensioners on Monday staged a protest demanding payment of gratuities owed them since year 2008 till date.
Channels Television’s correspondent, who witnessed the event, said the protest held at Olaiya junction in Osogbo, the state capital said the protest caused traffic gridlock preventing many from going to their respective destinations.
Olaiya junction is a major interchange in the heart of Osogbo which leads to the state secretariat and many other companies in and out of the state capital.
The protest which was not the first by the aggrieved pensioners took another dimension as the older citizens blocked the interchange which resulted in a traffic gridlock, despite the presence of security personnel.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Osun State and Gabriel Adesoji, the secretary of the body told Channels Television that they had seven axes to grind with government, maintaining that the major ones are the non-payment of their gratuities and pension arrears as well as late payment of their pensions.
Some of the protesters complained that life had not been the same after retirement.
However, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Sunday Akere, called on the pensioners to be patient with the government especially since there had been a reduction in the federal allocation accruing to the state.
Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola has given Orji Kalu 14 days grace to pay up his land use charge, after the business man claimed that his Ikoyi home has been sealed off following a threat to sue the Lagos state government over an unrelated matter.
The Lagos state government was alerted on the misleading claim by Kalu in quick action stated that Kalu’s property in Park View Estate, Ikoyi was seized pursuant to Section 40 of the Revenue Administration Law of Lagos State for failure to pay the statutory annual land use charge despite three separate notices delivered to the said property.
In a statement released by the Aderemi Ibirogba, the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, state government expects that all residents of the Lagos are expected to follow the law and process and one of it is to discharge such responsibilities to the state, but on the part of Kalu, he has failed to do that.
Governor was alerted by the agency after sealing off Kalu’s Ikoyi home on Tuesday evening but the governor ordered that the property be unsealed and ordered the agency to give Kalu, an additional 14 days grace period be given to Kalu to pay the said charge.
The Ogun State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on light rail mass transit with the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) that will link major cities in the state as well as boost its economy.
While signing the MoU in his Oke-Mosan Office in Abeokuta, the state Governor; Mr Ibikunle Amosun said this became necessary in order to reposition the state for economic development and prosperity.
The Governor stated that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state since the state population is projected to rise significantly over the next couple of years.
While signing the MOU in his office, the state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, noted that there could be no development without infrastructure.
“We have been doing our best on roads but it is high time we paid attention to rail as well. We are starting the mass transit within Abeokuta metropolis. This will be extended to all our major towns including the Ado-Odo/Ota axis up to the areas bordering Lagos,” he said.
Amosun noted that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state in anticipation of significant rise in population over the next couple of years.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Company, Mr. Cao Bao Gang, lauded the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration for its vision, pointing out that “the project on completion will enhance the transportation system and contribute to the economic development of the Gateway State.’’
He assured the governor that quality would be the firm’s watchword in the implementation of the contract.
“The project will provide jobs for residents and help the unskilled ones to gain adequate knowledge through training and involvement in the whole process.”
The signing of the MOU was witnessed by government officials including the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu.