LAUTECH Receives 500 Million Naira From Oyo, Osun States

LAUTECH Receives 500 Million Naira From Oyo, Osun StatesThe Vice-Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Professor Suleiman Gbadegesin, on Monday said that the institution had received 500 million naira from the governments of Osun and Oyo state for the payment of outstanding staff salary.

Gbadegeshin disclosed this when he appeared before the State House of Assembly to defend the University’s N9.9 billion budget for 2017 in Osogbo.

He said that the institution received a credit alert of 250 million naira each from Osun and Oyo government.

While thanking Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and his Oyo counterpart, Abiola Ajimobi for their efforts in ensuring reopening of the university, he said the money would go a long way in resolving the arrears of staff salary in the institution.

LAUTECH staff had been on strike in the last eight months over nonpayment of salary arrears.

The university is jointly owned and funded by Osun and Oyo State Government.

In his remarks, the House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Kamil Oyedele, said the Assembly would continue to give its support for growth and development of the university.


LAUTECH Reopens January Ending, Ajimobi Tells Protesting Students

LAUTECH Reopens End Of January – AjimobiBusiness and commercial activities were disrupted for hours on Monday in Ibadan as students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) took to the streets protesting the closure of the school since May 2017.

The students in their hundreds stormed the Oyo state secretariat demanding to see the Governor to explain why the school has remained unopened for eight months despite all entreaties.

Reacting to the protest, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi described the protest as needless as efforts are underway to re-open the institution latest by the end of the January.

He said a meeting had been scheduled between the two governors, the management of the institution and the labour unions in the school for Wednesday, January 11 for final deliberations that would lead to the opening of the school.

Governor Ajimobi said the two states are looking for every opportunity to improve on the quality of education and provide a conducive learning environment for the students in the state.

Gov, Ajimobi further disclosed that as a result of series of consultation among all stakeholders, Oyo state Government in collaboration with the Government of the  state of Osun have agreed to raise the sum of 500 million Naira for the immediate re opening of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

While responding to questions from the students regarding a possible increment in school fee, Governor Ajimobi said a visitation panel headed by Wole Olanipekun SAN had been set up to look into all issues that will enhance a smooth running of the school.

He stressed that their recommendations would determine the position of Government on school fees.

Governor Ajimobi who frowned at the manner with which the protest was carried out, however admonished the students to shun all manner of unruly behaviour, respect constituted authority and be ready to engage through dialogue and consultations.

The Governor made the same promise in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Yomi Layinka, after a meeting with the national, zonal and state leadership of the students’ unions in his office, three days earlier.

Oyo Governor Refutes Claims On Privatisation Of Public Schools

Abiola Ajimobi, Education, Schools, OyoThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has cleared the air over the raging controversy about a new education policy, which the labour union said was aimed at selling public schools.

In a no holds barred consultative forum, Governor Ajimobi said the government had no intention to involve private group and individuals in the management of public secondary schools.

He apologised to the people of Oyo State over the crisis which erupted as a result of various misconceptions, admitting that advertorial should not have preceded the forum.

The Governor reiterated that no school was for sale or transfer to any concern and called on residents to join hands with the government to salvage the education sector in the state.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Waheed Olojede, insisted that there was no going back on the strike.

He stated that the union did not attend the consultative forum because they do not believe it was in the interest of the masses.

In his remarks, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, appealed to the people of the state to exercise patience with the government and support policies aimed at improving the standard of living.

Religious and traditional leaders at the forum, including the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Akinyele, also sued for peace among stakeholders.

Oyo State To Improve Agric Sector Through Foreign Investment

AjimobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has said investors in the agricultural sector must bring a lot of value capable of truly transforming agric to a major income earner which can be sustained in a diversified economy.

Governor Ajimobi made this remark in his office when a group of South African investors paid him a visit to forge new partnership, especially in the agricultural sector.

The leader of the team, Mr Tommie Snyman, in his presentation, said they are in the state to bring expertise, experience and funds to promote agric and all allied sectors, as they have done in many African countries.

The governor expressed his delight for the group’s interest in the state, adding that Oyo remains largely agrarian, with very interesting offers for interested investors.

Ajimobi further maintained that any investor coming to the state must bring lots of value addition to the table, and will be reciprocated by economy friendly incentives.

The leaders of the South African team also explained that some of their manufactured products already control almost 80 per cent of the African market.

The facilitator of the meeting, Bar. Dipo Ilara explained that the parley was aimed at bringing foreign direct investment and lots of employment opportunities for residents of Oyo and neighboring states.

Meanwhile, a committee of experts from both the side of government and AFGRI will draft modalities of an effective working relationship in coming weeks.

Governor Ajimobi Pledges To Ensure Peace After Polls

ajomobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has vowed that peace will not be compromised by any group or persons in the state.

The governor made the promise while reacting to the alleged threat by former Governor Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party that there would be reprisal attacks, if members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) continued to harass his people.

Governor Ajimobi added that the victory won by the APC was more than convincing, as the people voted overwhelmingly for him.

Former Governor Ladoja had said he was gathering evidence to enable him come back to the Government House in the next three months through the tribunal.

Ajimobi further stressed that any candidate who feels that the will of the people should be contested, must do so within the ambit of the law. He said any breach of peace would not be tolerated from anyone in the state, no matter how highly placed.

In his address to Accord Party (AP) supporters, former Governor Ladoja had warned that if the governor does not warn his supporters from harassing his people, there would be reprisal attacks. He claimed that the elections results do not represent the will of the people.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, said no group or individual would be allowed to take the law into their hands, advising any aggrieved candidate to seek legal redress.

Other governorship candidates, who contested with Governor Ajimobi have expressed readiness to work with him, in order to move the state forward.

Oyo APC Reacts To Election Results, Opposition Protests

APcThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has advised followers of the Governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party and the Labour Party, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala to jump out of what it called their “sinking ship” ahead of the April 11 governorship election.

The APC, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday by its State Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, said that the dismal outing of the PDP, Accord and Labour Party candidates had clearly shown them as paperweight politicians.

The APC thanked Oyo residents for keeping faith with the party, as demonstrated by the overwhelming victory of the party during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, March 28.

The party also counseled the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Seyi Makinde, to join the winning team in order not to mortgage his political future.

The statement further said that the voting pattern of the last elections had clearly shown their belief and support for the APC led administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, as well as their political sophistication.

APC said that the showing of Akala-led Labour Party in some parts of Ogbomoso out of the five zones of the state was a further attestation to the party’s position that the Ex-governor was only a local champion that lacks general appeal in the political matrix of the state.

According to the party, the palpable and remarkable achievements of Governor Ajimobi in the last four years in social and physical infrastructure, welfare, environmental sanitation and urban renewal, are enough to vote him in for a second term.

Some of the political parties in Oyo State protested the results declared by the electoral body for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The governorship candidate and leader of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja and his PDP counterpart, Teslim Folarin, at separate interviews alleged malpractice, calling for the cancellation of the polls.

As a way of registering their displeasure, members of the Accord and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marched to the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, chanting songs amidst very tight security.

Oyo Politics: Gov. Ajimobi Declares Second Term Ambition

AjimobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has officially broken the silence on his ambition at a public declaration where he confirmed his intention to run for a second term as governor.

Addressing a huge crowd of supporters at the Government House arcade just before picking up his nomination form, Governor Ajimobi enthused that the will of the people which prompted him to pick the nomination form a second term would prevail and make him victorious.

He stressed that that the infrastructural provisions already put in place have provided the much needed pedestal for transformation to thrive and reposition the state in critical areas of the economy.

Ajimobi added that his second term, if given the chance, would be used to provide more people friendly, need based projects in key sectors including education, health, and commerce.

The Governor had stated at different fora that he needed to be sure that the call for a second term was from the people and not just politicians.

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, Akin Oke, expressed his delight at the turn out of people and their peaceful conduct round the city. He also expressed confidence in the party retaining its leadership positions in the state.

The carnival like event was well attended by other aspirants, party officials and supporters and is believed to have set the tone for other aspirants yet to signify their intention.

Oyo Postpones Take-Off Of Technical Varsity.

OYO STATE2The Oyo State Government has announced the postponement of the formal take-off of its Technical University, Ibadan, attributing it to the security situation in the country.

The development was announced at a joint press conference held at the State Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ismael Alli and the Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi.

It would be recalled that the university, established by the state government, had hither to been scheduled to formally take-off with the admission of its new set of students in September 2014.

However, the SSG, at the press briefing, said that the institution would not be able to commence academic activities in September 2014 as earlier scheduled due to the recent upsurge and spread of insurgency resulting in general insecurity across the country.

He said that all the necessary arrangements had been put in place towards the take-off of the university in September part of which he said was the arrival of advance parties of the partner institution, that is, the Texas Technical University of the United States of America in April this year.

Mr. Alli, however, said that the advance parties were recalled by the partner institution in USA towards the end of last month, thus necessitating the shift in the take-off of the institution.

“We have mutually agreed to watch the security development until January next year when we would review the situation and determine an appropriate take-off date,’’ the SSG said, adding, however, that the infrastructural development currently going on in the campuses of the university at Ajoda New Town, Egbeda and on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would go on unhindered.

Also speaking, Prof. Afolabi assured that the university would rank among the best in the world, given the arrangement being put in place by both the state government and the Technical University of Texas to provide an exceptional educational experience for students as well as ambience for teaching and learning.

Prof. Afolabi, a former Head of Service of the Federation, said that the university would be run on a public-private partnership (PPP) which he said would enhance its sustainability and make it distinct from other universities in Nigeria.

Oyo Govt To Complete 1004 Housing Units In 12 Months

Gov Abiola AjimobiThe Oyo State Government has commenced the construction of two housing estates, with a total of 1,004 housing units to be completed within the next one year.

This is in addition to the over 2,000 units already being constructed along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The estates known as ‘‘Lakeside Residential Estates” situated at Idi Ishin Reservation Area and Elenu Shonsho area of Ibadan, the state capital, occupy about 20 hectares of land.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, speaking about shelter being one of man’s most important needs, said that his administration embarked on the housing project to ensure that citizens do not lack those basic needs.

He added: “I’ll particularly like to state that we also envisage that this is the first phase, the other phases will come and it will cumulate in a total of 10,000 housing units.”

Oyo Orders 20,000 YES-O Cadets To Re-Apply

The Oyo state government has ordered all the 20,000 cadets of the Youth Empowerment Scheme of Oyo State (YES-O) to re-apply for the scheme.

In a statement issued by the Chairman of Oyo State Agency for Youth Development, Mr. Gbenga Olayemi in Ibadan yesterday, the directive for the cadets to re-apply was borne out of the need for the state government to re-invigorate the scheme for optimum performance.

It would be recalled that the YES-O scheme was inaugurated by the state governor on December 1st, 2011, with a total of 20,000 youths offered employment.

Although the scheme was aimed at serving as a stop-gap for most of the unemployed youths, a number of them have since been given permanent employment by the state government in various ministries, and agencies.

Some of them have also been made to undergo a three-month specialized training in different vocations such as Auto-tronics, tie and dye, tiling and interlocking, food processing and graphic arts with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF),while others have been trained in Agro-allied business by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Governor Ajimobi had, however, at various times, expressed displeasure at the conduct of some YES-O cadets, saying that his office had been inundated with the report of harassment and extortion of members of the public by the cadets.

He also said that he was aware of the clandestine acts by the opposition in infiltrating the scheme with a view to making use of some officials in dealing with innocent members of the public so as to discredit the scheme.

Olayemi directed all the cadets, who are to be demobilized immediately, to re-apply from their respective ward/local government, adding that criteria for fresh recruitment would include educational qualifications and physical fitness, among others.

Ajimobi Advocates Better Civil-Military Collaboration

The Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi has stressed the need for better civil-military relations even as he canvasses for more nationalistic depth to media reports on the current insurgency as it affects the territorial integrity of the country.

Governor Ajimobi made the call at the week-long interactive session on Civil – Military relations in Nigeria with the theme “Consolidating Civil-Military relations for Improved National Security” held at the 2 division auditorium in Ibadan.

The governor stated during his submission at the interactive session that the relationship between the media and military must be strong enough to make nationalism the major consideration in reporting of the insurgency ravaging some states in the Northern part of the country.

Ajimobi expressed concern over what he called unfavourable and unpleasant media opinions and news reporting which he said had affected military morale and operations and said that a partnership between the two would change this tone of reporting.

Governor Ajimobi recalled that during the long years of military rule, the relationship between the civil and military was mutually hostile and full of suspicion against each other. This, he said, was worsened by the fact that the civil society had little or no knowledge about the military institution or even security matters.

He, however, added that the civil rule of the last 14 years had redrawn the map of that relationship, adding that more has to be done in enlightening the civil populace on the readiness of the military to partner well with the society.

At the end of the 5-day programme, the Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika who was represented by the Chief of Army Standards and evaluation, Major General John Ewansiha described the interactive session as unique as it would provide a veritable platform for the military to interface with Nigerians to foster better understanding and help the Nigerian army to fulfil its constitutional role.

He also assured Nigerians that the Army is up to the task of defeating the insurgency in the north east and any other part of Nigeria, but called for greater collaboration between the media and the entire civil populace to achieve success.

The Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Army headquarters Major General Bola Koleoso also stated in his remarks that the forum was the maiden edition targeted solely to interface with the civil society to know what needs to be done to achieve a safer and better Nigeria.


Ajimobi Approves Pension Payment Of Retired Oyo Teachers

Pensioners in Oyo state are in joyous mood as the Oyo State Governor; Abiola Ajimobi ordered the commencement of pension payment to retired primary school teachers under the State Local Government Staff Pension Board with effect from Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

State Local Government Staff Pension Board, AlhajiLasisi Ayankojo who handed the money over to the pensioners said the payment covers the pension for the month of January 2013.

He added that the governor has provided enough money for timely monthly payment of the pension.