Ondo LG Dissolution: Akeredolu Withdraws Case From Court Of Appeal

Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu,The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has withdrawn the appeal filed by his predecessor in office, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, before the Court of Appeal in respect of the judgment of the state’s High Court, barring the governor and the state House of Assembly from dissolving the Local Government Council.

Counsel to Governor Akeredolu, Charles Titiloye, informed the Court of Appeal that the governor has reviewed the case and found out that the case was based on mere speculations.

According to him, the appeal was a grand plan by his predecessor in office to ambush the new government with an unfavourable judgment of the Court of Appeal on the local Government issue.

Consequently, Mr Titiloye filed an application before the High Court, Akure, urging it to set aside the Judgment of the said court delivered by Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi.

The application, according to him, was based on the grounds that the trial court lacked constitutional jurisdiction to hear the case and proceed to give judgment on mere speculations when there was no dispute between the former administration of Governor Mimiko and the council Chairmen.

The Legal Practitioner noted that the Local Government suit is a gross abuse of court processes arranged by the Governor Mimiko Government to create problem for the new Government led by Akeredolu.

He therefore urged the court to set aside its judgment and strike out the suit for want of jurisdiction.

Acting President Osinbajo Reschedules Trip To Ondo State

Yemi Osinbajo, OndoNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has rescheduled his visit to Ondo State which was earlier slated for Friday.

A statement issued by the spokesman for the Acting President, Mr Laolu Akande, said the trip was in continuation of Professor Osinbajo’s tour of the oil-producing communities, which earlier took him to Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo States.

“Professor Osinbajo was already air-borne this morning when weather reports indicated dusty haze and very poor visibility at the Akure Airport and other alternative airports nearby.

“The presidential jet therefore had to return to Abuja, following which the weather condition was closely monitored until about 2:30PM when it became abundantly clear that the situation would not change on time for the Acting President to achieve the purpose of the visit.

“The visit has therefore been rescheduled for Monday, February 20, 2017,” the statement said.

The Presidency extended apologies to the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, traditional rulers and the people of the state who have been awaiting Professor Osinbajo’s visit.

Mimiko Commissions Public Service Training Institute In Ondo

Olusegun Mimiko Commissions Public Service Training Institute In OndoOndo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has commissioned the Public Service Training Institute which would serve as a breeding ground for public servants in the state and beyond.

The institute is located in Ilaramokin in Ifedore Local Government Area in the central senatorial district of the southwest Nigerian state.

It was envisioned in 2011 as part of the Governor Mimiko-led administration’s commitment towards ensuring efficient and effective service in the state’s public sector.

In his address at the event, the Governor said that he admitted that the feats recorded by his administration in key sectors such as health, education and urban renewal would not have been possible but for the dedication of the public service.

He expressed hope that the institute would be able to deliver generalised and customised training for the public service in the state as well as interested organisation or individual.

The guest speaker at the occasion, who is an Afenifere Chieftain, Mr Sehinde Arogbofa, commended Governor Mimiko for the establishment of the institute.

He expressed hope that humanity would benefit from the gesture, stressing the importance of education and productivity in any venture.

The commissioning was witnessed by dignitaries such as a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae; a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore and a former Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Dere Awosika, among others.

The edifice has a number of facilities which include: an administrative block, a 300 capacity conference hall, a 100 capacity boardroom and a standard restaurant.

Others include five standard lecture theatres, 10 syndicate rooms and library facilities among others.

Mimiko Appoints New Accountant General Of Ondo State

Mimiko Set To Inaugurate 100 Legacy ProjectsOndo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has appointed Mr Akindolire, Herbert Olaolu as the new Accountant General of Ondo State.

Eni Akinsola, the CPS to the Governor in a statement, announced the appointment which is to fill the post made vacant after the retirement of the former Accountant General, Elder F. Lanke Ajibokun, in the later part of 2016.

 

Akindolire who hails from Ile Oluji, in Ile-Oluji/Oke Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, is a certified National Accountant and a certified member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN).

He is a full member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and a Certified Financial Consultant and Fellow of Institute of Financial Consultants of USA and Canada.

The 56 year old, is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and a member of International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management, Washington DC, USA among many others.

He was Senior Accountant, Ondo State Electricity Board, Project Accountant, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on Environment and Natural Resources Management, Principal Accountant, Ondo State Board of Internal Revenue, and Chief Accountant, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Budget before being appointed Assistant Director of Finance and Accounts, Government House and Protocol in 2003, a position he held till 2006.

He thereafter became Deputy Director, Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Finance before being made Director, Consolidated Accounts and Head of Project, Financial Management Unit of World Bank Assisted Projects in the Office of the Accountant General, Ondo State in June 2012 where he was before his appointment.

Married with children, Akindolire has attended tens of courses home and abroad has also delivered papers and lectures on Accounting and Financial Management.

 

Mimiko Commends Sunshine Stars For Preseason Soccer Tournament Victory

Mimiko Commends Sunshine Stars For Preseason Soccer Tournament VictoryOndo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has commended the state-owned football club, Sunshine Stars of Akure for winning the just concluded maiden South West Pre-Season Soccer Tournament in Lagos.

Governor Mimiko, while reacting to the development in Akure lauded the players and officials for the feat. He described the victory as a ‘very sweet victory’ not only for the players, but the soccer-loving people of the state.

He said that the team’s victory at the pre-season tournament is an indication that it would have a successful new season and urged the players and officials to ensure that the pre-season tournament trophy counts by winning the league title.

Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, who described the victory as  deserving, said the Dr Olusegun Mimiko led government has been able to raise the bar in the state, in sports generally, and football in particular.

He stressed that over the years, the state has produced indigenes who have become successful coaches, adding that the list of Ondo State indigenes who are certified coaches rose drastically since the incumbent administration assumed power in 2009.

“Before then, the number of certified coaches who are indigenes of Ondo State was very low, but today, reverse is now the case as the state can now boast of over 100 certified coaches who are indigenes of the state, the highest in the history of our darling state.”

He said that Governor Mimiko never hid his intention to take football development to the next level in the state, hence the birth of the only football agency in Nigeria, the Ondo State Football Agency, (ODSFA) shortly after his administration took off in 2009.

“The Governor also always stresses the importance of human capacity development which recognised the need for indigenous coaches to be produced as they acquire knowledge on different fronts.

“The investment is now yielding results as the present composition of Sunshine Stars Technical Crew is 100% indigenous.” Akinmade said.

Sheriff’s Faction Of PDP Investigates Why Party Lost Ondo Election

Sheriff, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP in Ondo elctionThe Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the loss of the party in the last governorship election in the state.

The Chairman of the faction, Prince Biyi Poroye, set up the seven-man committee which is headed by Senator Omololu Meroyi few days after the party lost the governorship seat to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Members of the committee are to investigate all actions of individuals or group of persons which were not in conformity with the party’s constitution and its fundamental objectives.

Power to Summon

They are to investigate, in particular, the breach of Section 7 (3) (c) of the party constitution which provides that the party shall adhere “to the policy of the rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness”.

Considering that the party lost the election even as the incumbent, the committee will also look into the acts and omissions of the government which impacted the people including public servants negatively, culminating into people’s anger and rejection which affected the electoral fortunes of the party.

Another aspect that the committee has been mandated to investigate is the conduct of certain individuals in the disbursement of the resources of the party in the mobilisation of members for the election.

They were given the power to summon any member of the party in the course of their assignment and to do all things in tandem with and in furtherance of the aforementioned terms of reference.

According to a statement by the spokesman for the party in Ondo State, Yemi Aakintomide, some members of the party have already been summoned by the committee that will hold its hearing at the Conference Room of the party at its secretariat.

The summoned members are the Governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Deputy Governor Lasisi Oluboyo, all Commissioners and members of the State Executive Council, Ondo State House of Assembly, Honourable Jumoke Akindele, Speaker, Mr Clement Faboyede, Mr Fatai Adams, Mr Banji Okunomo and Mr Eyitayo Jegede.

Others summoned to appear at the office at Mr Oyemekun Road Akure between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily starting from Tuesday, November 29 to Friday December 2 are Mr John Ola Mafo, Chairman OSOPADEC, Mr Wole Ogunyemi, Mr Bamiduro Dada, Mr Akin Akinbobola and all elected LG Council Chairmen.

Division in the PDP in Ondo State started after the former Chairman of the party, Senator Sheriff was removed in a convention held in Rivers State.

After his removal, his supporters refused to acknowledge the leadership of a caretaker committee set up by the party’s leaders and headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

The divide led to the election of two different candidates as the party’s representative in the governorship election.

The Sheriff faction of the party had presented their candidate, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, to the electoral body, claiming he was the legitimate candidate.

His name was added to the list of governorship candidates for the election after he secured a High Court ruling in his favour.

The other candidate of the Senator Makarfi faction, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, sought nullification of the ruling of the High Court at the Appeal Court.

After he secured the Appeal Court’s ruling in his favour, the electoral body replaced Mr Ibrahim’s name with that of Mr Jegede.

Mr Ibrahim proceeded to the Supreme Court, to seek the Judiciary’s final ruling on the issue, but lost that suit, when the court sustained the ruling of the Appeal Court.

After My Ibrahim lost at the Supreme Court, he asked his faction of the party to vote for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, a decision that political analysts had partly linked the PDP’s defeat to.

After the party lost the election to the candidate of the APC, the Makarfi faction described the Sheriff faction as agents of darkness that had the intention of destroying the party.

Ondo Election: One Killed In Owo Violence

ondo election, owo violence As preparation for the Ondo governorship election reaches climax, there are reports of an outbreak of violence in Owo, Ondo state, which has led to the death of one person.

An eyewitness account told Channels Television on Friday, that the fight erupted between supporters of two major political parties running for Saturday’s governorship election.

Several houses were said to have been burnt during heavy fighting also on Thursday night.

According to the All Progressives Congress, (APC), “the attack was meant to provoke violent reaction” from its members, “to cause break down of law and order, to give INEC an excuse to postpone tomorrow’s election”.

The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), on the other hand, has accused the APC of championing the shooting and the killing, just to create the impression that the PDP is fueling violence.

Meanwhile the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has again called on INEC to postpone the elections, saying that the candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede was only upheld as the party’s candidate barely 48 hours ago.

He also argued that the PDP’s agents selected for Saturday’s election are loyalists of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim and that they are reportedly working with the APC against the PDP.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, for INEC, Mr Segun Agbaje, earlier on Friday, re-iterated that the commission would go ahead with the Ondo governorship election, slated for Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Southwest Labour Party Disowns National Chairman, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam

Southwest Labour Party ,Abdulkadir Abdulsalam,The Southwest leadership of the Labour Party has warned the National Chairman of the party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, to stop parading himself henceforth as the leader of the party.

This was the resolution reached at the end of an emergency meeting held on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in Nigeria.

The party members said they have also suspended the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, whom they said was trying to stage a comeback to the party.

They explained that it was part of efforts being made to sanitise the party and reposition it for future election victory.

The meeting was attended by the leaders from the zone including the acting Labour Party Chairman in Ogun State, Abayomi Arabambi, and the state secretary, Ogini Olaposi.

Obsolete Curriculum Causing Low Quality Of Engineering Products – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria's engineering productsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has identified the absence of up to date curriculum as the major cause of the low quality of engineering products in Nigeria.

The President made the observation on Tuesday while speaking at an occasion organised by professional engineers in Nigeria held in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.

‘A Wide Gap’

Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, President Buhari revealed that the obsolete curriculum had created a wide gap between engineers trained in Nigeria and those trained abroad.

He implored professional engineers in Nigeria to work together with the various relevant stakeholders towards ‎improving the practice of engineering in Nigeria.

He also called for the rebuilding of the engineering curriculum to meet current global demands.

On his part, the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, emphasised the negative trend in which most of the capital investments in Nigeria come from financial products while actual industry products have declined.

He insisted that it was the political economy of an era that drives development, noting that there is the need to pay attention to the development of local industries.

In an interview with Channels Television, the Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu and a professor in the field of engineering who was onetime Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Professor Faborode gave some solutions to the challenges confronting the development of engineering education and practice in Nigeria‎.

The theme of the ‎conference is “Embracing the future: improving the quality of Engineering education and practice in Nigeria”.

Ondo ‎Governor Commissions Mega Primary School

OndoThe Ondo State ‎Governor says the goal of his administration’s investment in education is to produce qualitative human resources.

Dr. Olusegun Mimiko said this on Tuesday while addressing a gathering at the commissioning of a newly built Mega Primary School, Fagbo in Ondo East Local Government Area of the state in southwest Nigeria.

He said that education should be geared towards preparing the pupils for a highly productive future, adding that the Mega school concept was to create equity and all inclusive growth.

He also expressed hope that it would enhance socioeconomic development as well as peace in the society.

In his welcome address, Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Jide Adejuyigbe, said that the ultramodern schools were designed to meet the standards of modern infrastructure expected in the state.

He added that it would equally provide a conducive environment to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

The Commissioner also listed the various features in the school that made it unique. They include the laboratories, multipurpose hall and ICT centre.

The event was part of the activities lined up to mark the 40th anniversary of Ondo State and the seventh year anniversary of Governor Mimiko’s administration.

Ondo Economy: Mimiko Urges Workers To Diversify

MimikoOndo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has advised government workers in the state to look inwards into other areas they can get additional sources of income, to cushion the effect of the economic downturn in Nigeria.

The Governor made this appeal while addressing the gathering of state government and political office holders during the prayer session on the first work day of the year.

The well attended gathering was held at the open space of the premises of the Governor’s office in Akure, the State Capital.

Mimiko reiterated that there would be no retrenchment of workers in the state, despite the poor economy of the nation, which has made prompt payment of salaries ‎difficult.

Pastor Tunde Adesida led special prayers for the government, workers and residents of the state, to mark the New Year.

Labour leaders in the state promised to be more committed to their duties. They urged the government to look into other areas of generating revenue internally rather than depending on the monthly allocation from the Federal Government.

Yoruba Leaders Task Government On Nigerian Economy

mimiko-on-ode-irele symptomsFrontline leaders of the Yoruba nation in south-west Nigeria have called on the Federal Government to proffer solutions to the challenges of economic downturn, insecurity and unemployment in Nigeria.

The leaders, drawn from socio-political organisations such as Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders, Oodua People’s Congress, Yoruba Unity Forum, Oodua Foundation and Agbekoya Organisations, jointly gave the advice at a Yoruba summit held on Wednesday in Akure, the Capital city of Ondo State.

The theme of the summit is: “Economic downturn and unemployment in Yorubaland.”

The leaders equally called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to implement some of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, laying emphasis on resource control by states.

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also lamented the devastating effect of the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group. He also regretted the state of the nation’s economy and the inability of states to pay workers’ salaries.

Elder Statesmen, Chief Olu Falae, Dr. Lekan Olajide and Dr. Yemi Farombi gave their views on the state of insecurity, economic recession and unemployment in the nation.

This edition of the Yoruba Summit is the second, with the first one held in Ibadan, Oyo State in October.