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.

APC Primaries: Ajimobi Clinches Oyo South Senatorial District Ticket

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Abiola Ajimobi

 

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for Oyo South Senatorial District.

The result of the primary was announced on Wednesday by the Ademola Seriki who led electoral panel.

Ajimobi defeated his close rival, Fola Akinosun with 2,659 to 168 votes.

Announcing the result in the early hours of Wednesday, Seriki said that the exercise, which started around 6:30 pm on Tuesday was delayed due the late arrival of voting materials from the national headquarters of the party in Abuja.

The Oyo South senatorial district spans nine local government areas, which are Ibarapa North, Ibarapa East, Ibarapa Central, Ido, Ibadan North, Ibadan South-East, Ibadan South-West, Ibadan North-East and Ibadan North-West.

Governor Ajimobi after being declared the winner applauded the electoral committee for conducting what he described as an hitch-free and smooth primary, despite the earlier delay.

“I look forward to going back to the Red Chamber to contribute my quota to the national debate and the progress of the nation. I wish to bring to fore my parliamentary experience to grow a Nigeria that the next generation will be proud of.

“The process has just started today with my emergence as the candidate of our great party. The people of Oyo South Senatorial district should expect greater performance from me at the Senate, which will even surpass my unprecedented achievements as governor.

“As you have all witnessed, the election was free, fair and transparent. You can see that it was transparent and I am happy about it,” Ajimobi said.

Akinosun who was present at the beginning of the exercise, however, left the venue for undisclosed reasons before the final collation of the results from the nine Local Government areas.

Seriki after announcing results of the election described the exercise as another successful primary that the committee had conducted.

He said, “You heard what happened in some states that conducted the same exercise. Some were not as successful as Oyo State and I give the credit to the aspirants and the entire members of this great party for making this exercise worthwhile.

“I salute the calmness and maturity of the aspirants that have so far participated in the primaries. We look forward to further cooperation of all stakeholders in the remaining primaries.”

Ajimobi Inaugurates 33 Oyo Local Government Council Chairmen

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File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has inaugurated the newly elected local government Chairmen in Oyo State.

33 local government Chairmen and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) were ushered into office during the inauguration held on Monday at the House of Chiefs in the secretariat at Ibadan, the state capital.

Governor Ajimobi during the inauguration encouraged the new chairmen to run an encompassing administration and to accommodate everyone within the party, including their political adversaries.

According to him, the hallmark of a good leader is a forgiving spirit. He, therefore, urged the chairmen to imbibe the same spirit.

“Successful politicians are known through their attitude of forgiving. We must be humble in victory and carry those who fight against us along in governance after every political battle. It is in the best interest of our people.

“It is good that we have many people running with us. If you run alone, you will come first and last in the race. But now, we have run with others,” Governor Ajimobi added.

He challenged the chairmen to see their victory as the beginning of greater responsibilities to serve the people at the grassroots, in accordance with the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which, he said, focused on welfare and well-being of the people.

Committee Declares Oyo APC Ward Congress Peaceful

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Congress Committee in Oyo State has declared the Ward Congress as peaceful, free and fair.

The committee on Monday said reports from the three Senatorial districts controlling 351 wards from 33 local government areas indicate that the Congress was held successfully without any hitch.

The leader of the Congress Committee, Musa Halilu-Ahmed told journalists at the party’s secretariat in Oke-Ado, Ibadan, that all the steps taken towards conducting the congress were backed with the laws and regulations set by the party for the exercise.

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He said any aggrieved individual should submit their misgivings to a special Appeal Committee that just arrived the State to see to such complaints.

“I want to inform the media that in the process of conducting the Primary, all our actions were being backed by the law and regulations of our great party.

“In politics generally, there are winners and there are losers, and some that naturally will feel they must have it their ways or if they cannot, then all hell must be let loose. You witnessed that on the very day we arrived here, my life and those of my members were threatened. Two of my members got injured but we stood our ground, knowing fully well that this great party can never be disintegrated,” he said.

The Appeal Committee led by its Chairman, Binta Muazu has since arrived the state and appealed to those aggrieved by the result of Ward Congress, promising to ensure fear-hearing.

“We are here from the national headquarters of our party to see to any grievance that might arise from the last Ward Congress in the State and we are happy to have heard from the Congress Committee that the last exercise was free and fair,” Muazu said.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi in response to the outcome of the ward congress said efforts are on to bring together the splintered group in order to enhance peace and progress of the party.

Adeyemo, Best Speaker I Ever Worked With – Ajimobi

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has described the late Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, as the best speaker he has ever worked with since he began his political career.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident occurred, the governor extolled the late speaker during a condolence visit by a delegation of traditional rulers in Ibadan to his office.

The governor said that he was yet to come to terms with the reality that he would no longer see or hold meetings with the late Adeyemo.

“I do appreciate this condolence visit on the demise of our colleague, brother, son and our speaker. Since his exit, I have refused to speak publicly because he was so close to me. I thought for a young man who had been very patriotic, diligent, hardworking and committed to the progress and development of this state to just pass away so suddenly. But, that is the will of God.

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“Regardless of his young age, we take solace in the fact that it is not how far, but how well. I have witnessed and read about many speakers and worked with two; without any equivocation, I can say that he was the best speaker that I have ever worked with.

“In terms of intellect, humility, integrity, knowledge and the Omoluabi virtue a good leader must possess, I can say without mincing words that he was the best. It is painful that we lost him. I can say that he did very well,” Ajimobi said.

Speaking earlier, Oba Balogun said that the death was a great loss to Oyo State, adding that the intellectual capacity of the late speaker had reflected in the way he had led members of the House of Assembly without rancor.

Oyo Governor Directs Butchers To Move To Newly Built Central Abattoir

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has directed butchers in the 11 Local Governments in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to relocate to the newly built multi-billion naira central abattoir.

The abattoir is located in Amosun village, Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan.

The governor said the butchers must relocate, latest by the end of April.

He gave the directive during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan over the weekend.

The Butchers Association was led to the meeting by the Southwest Coordinator, Alhaji Biliaminu Elesinmeta; and the State Chairman, Alhaji Azeez Alagunfon.

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Apart from its state-of-the-art facilities that would promote the hygiene of the consumers of meat, the governor said the new abattoir is capable of ending the incessant clashes between herders and farmers.

Ajimobi explained that the abattoir was a joint venture among a private establishment, C & E Consulting Limited, the state government, the 11 LGs and 14 Local Council Development Areas in Ibadanland, as well as the butchers.

He stressed that the private partners would have 50 percent share; the LGs and LCDAs would have 36 percent; state government, 10 percent; while the butchers would have four percent in the ownership structure.

“We are sure that the crisis between the farmers and herdsmen will not arise again, because cows will now be transported here directly instead of our towns and villages where grazing on farmlands had been generating tension.

“I’m also happy that this arrangement will bring about a change in the way butchers handle meat and it will improve the hygiene of the business. The facility is going to have health and sanitary officers that will ensure strict compliance with the basic hygiene of meat handling,” Governor Ajimobi said.

He added that the state had entered into an agreement with the private investors to use the facility for 30 years, after which the total ownership would be transferred to the butchers.

Ajimobi appealed for support and understanding of the butchers to comply with the relocation order, on the premise that the facility had suffered neglect for too long due to unresolved issues among the stakeholders.

The leaders of the butchers expressed gratitude to the governor for allaying their fears about the project, and for the support of the government to the association in the area of financial empowerment and donation of a new bus to members.

Shippers’ Council Partners Oyo Govt To Set Up $200m Modern Dry Port

 

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has partnered with the Oyo State Government to establish a $200m modern dry port, as well as a truck transit park in the state.

This is in collaboration with some Chinese investors.

The secretary and executive officer of the council, Hassan Bello said this over the weekend, during his visit to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, in his office in Ibadan.

“We are here because Oyo State is critical to development in transportation in Nigeria. Since 2006 the Federal Government had taken a decision to establish an inland port in the six geopolitical zones of the country, of which Oyo State is important. We have others in Abia, Jos, Kano, Maiduguri and Funtua.

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“Because of the strategic importance of Ibadan, we have had inquiries from a serious Chinese investor for the project. Five days ago we signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop this very important Ibadan dry port project.

“What we are looking for from the state government is to have, along the railway line that is currently ongoing, a 60,000 hectares of land to develop a modern dry port, while the transport transit park will require 35,000 hectares of land,” Bello said.

Enumerating the advantages of the modern dry port project, he said it would provide job opportunity for 10,000 people, adding that the truck transits park would equally generate 25,000 jobs.

Bello said that the project was heavily dependent on the ongoing Lagos-Kano rail project, which would decongest the heavy traffic on road transportation of goods from the Lagos port to the rest of the country.

He disclosed that the proposed park alone would gulp N4.8billion, through the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP).

When completed, he said that the park would have hotels, motels, resident doctors, restaurants, shopping mall, commercial banks, among other facilities for the convenience of transporters.

In his response, the governor promised the support of the administration and called on the council to hasten the paper works required for the project to commence soonest.

The governor said that the projects would cause a remarkable reduction in road carnage, improvement in economic activities and maximization of employment opportunities, but called for strict enforcement of rules guiding parking of trucks on completion of the park.

Technical University Ibadan Matriculates 190 Pioneer Students

Technical University (Tech U) located in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Friday matriculated 190 pioneer students of the institution.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state also inaugurated (Dr) Tunde Afolabi as the institution’s first Chancellor and Chairman of Council.

The Technical University had earlier started academic activities in January 2018 with 150 students while 40 others joined at the eve of matriculation.

The technical University is set up to raise technical giants and a new league of entrepreneurs who will become employers of labour and reduce youth unemployment in the county.

Tech-U has regular study period of between four-five years with two faculties. The Faculties include Engineering and Technology and the Faculty of Natural sciences.

It also has 15 National Universities Commission (NUC) accredited courses and a language centre where French is compulsory for every student as a second language. Every student is mandated to take two skills in any field of artisanship along with any course of their choice and must be certified in such skills before they graduate.

Senator Ajimobi during the matriculation asked the newly inaugurated Chancellor and the Council of the foremost university to begin work on maintaining effective partnership within and outside the country for the benefit of the students as well as work towards self-sustenance as the government had done its bit in establishing the institution on a Public-Private-Partnership model.

He called on the council and management of Tech-U to recruit first class academic staffers to equip students with managerial skills that are of international standard.

“We charge the Chancellor who has all it takes in experience and connection, alongside the council with the management of this institution to provide exceptional educational experience for students by creating ambience for recruitment of high-calibre staff for teaching and learning.

“I admonish you, students, to see this opportunity as a rare and historical and make the best of it. I went to a public secondary school and my parents were not financially buoyant, but today, I am the governor. With this advantage you have today, you are expected to be at the forefront of leadership in our country and the world tomorrow.

“I am here to encourage you. Let no one put you down,” the governor said.

The matriculating students of the University.

The Chancellor, Tunde Afolabi in his remarks appreciated Governor Ajimobi for appointing him for the role of piloting the ship of Tech-U, promising to do his best to make the institution a household name in the nearest future.

He announced his readiness to establish AMNI International Institute of Energy and Petroleum Technology which he said would take immediate effect as well as the establishment of an annual lecture series which would attract professionals of international repute of which a turning of sod was done after the installation ceremony.

The Vice-Chancellor of Tech-U, Professor Ayobami Salami in his address, said the pioneer students that were matriculating were 190 in number and that the university had already discovered about ten inherent vocational skills among the first set of students for which an enabling environment for honing of the skills was being provided.

Stakeholders in education like former Head of Service to the Federal Government including Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Tola Oyediran, Bode Amoo, Ajibola Afonja, Lekan Aare, Jacob Ajeigbe among others were at the event.   

Oyo State Governor/Visitor to The Technical University, Ibadan, Abiola Ajimobi; pioneer Chancellor of the university, Chief Tunde Afolabi; and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami, during the installation of the chancellor and first matriculation ceremony of the university, at the institution’s library hall, Ibadan on Friday, March 9.

Oyo Govt. Warns Against Sabotage Of Internally Generated Revenue

Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State, Paris ClubThe Oyo State Government has warned that it will not tolerate any individual, group, investor or organisation seeking to sabotage its Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) drive, saying that whoever conspires to defraud the state government would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi pronounced this warning through his Special Adviser, Solid Minerals, Hon. Mathew Oyedokun, during a meeting with major stakeholders of mining industries to resolve the revenue collection dispute with Quarries in Oyo State at the Conference Hall, Office of the Head of Service, Secretariat, Ibadan.

Governor Ajimobi said that the state government will not allow the activities of any individual or group to hinder the state in its revenue generation drive, cautioning that any form of harassment or intimidation against revenue officers will not be tolerated.

In his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, ACP Gafar Arowolo (rtd) stated that adequate security measures have been put in place to enhance the implementation of revenue payments to government coffers, advising that all major stakeholders in the state should obey the law of the land as anybody found guilty will be prosecuted.

Similarly, the state government has embarked on a wake-up sensitisation call to both private and informal business sectors in the state on the need to pay their taxes regularly and as and when due.

The Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Internal Generated Revenue, Mr Biyi Oloko, explained that the sensitisation programme was very essential in order to educate and enlighten the people on the importance of regular payment of tax.

Mr Oloko stressed that: “there are many benefits in paying taxes which include provision of infrastructure, good water supply, provision of health care facilities, good education among others. Regular payment of tax would make the Government fulfill its electoral promises to the people.”

The recent effort, which took place at Challenge, Dugbe and Bodija markets and environs, gave the government officials from the Board of Internal Revenue, the opportunity to educate members of the community from one shop to another on the need to pay their taxes regularly.

Shooting Stars Reassure Fans Of Better Results

Shooting Stars, 3SC, Gbolagade Busari, FansShooting Stars Football Club (3Sc) have reassured their fans that they will bounce back from their ‘not too impressive’ performance in the ongoing professional league.

The Chairman of the club, Mr Gbolagade Busari, who gave the assurance in a statement in Ibadan, said that hope was not lost for the club as the season had just begun.

He noted that the club would improve on its performance and start getting better results, adding that they would live up to the expectations of the fans.

“We are not happy with the standing of our darling team. The results we got in recent matches have not justified our efforts to reposition the team.

“However, hope is not lost as we are ready to change the tide and get good results,” the 3SC boss stated.

Our Motivation

Mr Busari stressed further that the management of the club has identified the problems of the team.

He stated that adequate measures would be put in place in order not to disappoint the fans, supporters and well-wishers of the club.

The club chairman promised that the team would be rejuvenated for the remainder of the season, hinting that the club was targeting continental ticket for the next season.

“We have a mandate from Governor Abiola Ajimobi (of Oyo State) and we will not disappoint the trust he has in us.

“The governor said the team should reclaim its lost glory and compete as a premier team it used to be.

“This mandate is our motivation and it will drive us to success.

“We want to appeal to our fans not to lose hope in us, (but) they should believe in us and we will make them and the state proud at the end of the season,” Mr Busari avowed.

Herdsmen, Farmers Clash: Oyo Govt. Constitutes Committees To Address Issue

Abiola Ajimobi, Farmers, Herdsmen, OyoThe Oyo State government has set up stakeholder committees at both state and local government levels to address the crisis of the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the state.

The Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Security, Mr Olusegun Abolarinwa, made the disclosure in Ibadan, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

Mr Abolarinwa highlighted the activities of the state government to avert the incessant clashes between the two groups.

“The state government does not have any policy on grazing zone yet, as the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture is yet to make a pronouncement on nomadic rearing to be domesticated in all states.

“In the interim, the state government has taken proactive steps to constitute committees at both the state and local levels comprising security agencies, chairmen of local councils, farmers’ associations, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Seriki Hausawa, community leaders and relevant stakeholders in the community,” the governor’s aide stated.

He disclosed further that Senator Ajimobi has directed his Special Adviser on Community Relations, and his Senior Special Assistant on Security to address the crisis erupting in the religion sector.

The governor also asked them to tackle the community related crises at the Ibarapa area of the state, with specific instructions to meet with the aggrieved sects of farmers and the Fulani herdsmen.

Mr Abolarinwa explained that the crisis began when farmers allegedly laced their farms with poison in a bid to retaliate on the herdsmen whose cows purportedly destroyed their farmlands.

He, however, urged the aggrieved parties not to take laws into their hands, reiterating that the government has put adequate measures in place to strengthen the security of the state.

The security adviser hinted that some of the measures include: joint security patrol, procurement of armoured personnel carriers for the Oyo State Police Command, procurement of Hilux vehicles for security agencies and rendering various forms of assistance to the security agencies in the state.

He urged the people of the state to be security conscious by constituting themselves as watchmen in their neighbourhood.

The appeal was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Oyo State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun.

900 APC Aspirants Jostle For LG Polls In Oyo State

Edo APC, Godwin ErahonAs preparations for the local government election in Oyo State fixed for February this year gather momentum, no fewer than 900 aspirants of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are vying for both the councillorship and chairmanship positions.

Already, the aspirants have been screened in their various senatorial districts and local governments.

Although, some chieftains of the party had raised alarm few weeks ago that Governor Abiola Ajimobi wanted to impose his own loyalists as chairmen and councillors at the expense of supporters of a former governor in the state, late Mr Lamidi Adesina, the governor had given his nod for the conduct of primaries that would produce candidates for the positions.

About 300 candidates are jostling for the chairmanship positions in the 33 local government areas, while around 600 aspirants are eyeing the councillorship seats in various wards.

One of the contestants, who prefers not to be named told Channels Television that the screening was done secretly and that it was a peaceful process.

“The process has been fair and we are all awaiting the final reports of the committee that conducted the screening,” the aspirant said.

According to him, the aspirants were screened according to their senatorial districts.

Channels Television gathered that aspirants for the chairmanship positions from Oyo South senatorial district were screened at Ibadan North Local government secretariat, while those from Oyo North senatorial district were screened at Iseyin and the aspirants from Oyo Central were screened at Akinyele Local Government.

Speaking on the issue over the telephone, the state Chairman of the party, Mr Akin Oke said so far, the party leadership had been very fair to all the aspirants.

“The screening of aspirants have come and gone. The process has so far been fair and credible. What we are waiting for is the reports of the committee that conducted the screening.

“It is after the screening that aspirants will know whether they are cleared or not. After this, the primary will be conducted in the party,” he said.

The coming days will, however, determine how peaceful the elections will be within the APC, as the final list of candidates emerges from the party secretariat.