Amosun Wins Ogun Central Senatorial Seat

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A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun has won the race for Ogun Central Senatorial Seat.

The Ogun State Governor was declared the winner of Ogun central senatorial District in the early hours of Monday, February 25.

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He polled 88,110 votes to defeat his closest rival Solomon Sanyaolu of the PDP who polled 33,276 votes.

The result was announced by INEC’s returning officer Professor Ayinde Akanbi.

 

Governor Amosun Wins APC Senatorial Ticket

Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State
FILE PHOTO: Governor Ibikunle Amosun

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has been declared as the winner of Ogun Central Senatorial District primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This was after the governor polled 56,101 votes.

The result was announced on Sunday by the Chairman of the Monitoring Committee, Colonel Abubakar Chiroma retired.


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The party members also on Sunday elected its flag bearers for the Federal House of Assembly and State House Of Assembly seats.

Lekan Mustapha with 52,370 votes won the senatorial ticket for Ogun West while the Chief of Staff to the governor, Tolulope Odebiyi won the Ogun East senatorial district with 48,134 votes.

The State Commissioner for Information, Dayo Adeneye, won the party’s ticket for the Odogbolu State Constituency in the House of Assembly with 5,803 votes.

Buhari, Chief Justice Of Nigeria Meet In Presidential Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday held a closed-door meeting with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The meeting was held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari also received Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the presidential villa earlier today.

Details of the President’s meeting with both the CJN and the governor were not disclosed.

Also, President Buhari’s aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad in a Tweet on his verified Twitter handle @BashirAhmaad disclosed that President Buhari met with the CJN.

“President @MBuhari is in meeting with Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen at the State House, Abuja,” his tweet read.

Ogun Govt. To Plant 1.5 Million Trees Across Forest Reserves

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun state government said it is planting about 1.5million trees in 2017.

This is to regenerate seven of its depleted forest reserves, which have been degraded to about 5% of their original capacity by activities of illegal timber operators across its forest in the state.

This disclosure was made by the State Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kola Lawal, during the International Day of Forestry with the theme ” Forests Energy” held in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Commissioner said that the state government is reviewing its various laws on forestry to strengthen existing laws, and recommend stricter punishment for illegal operators across the state.

”We have nine forest reserves in Ogun state, seven out of the nine have been degraded to about 5% of their original capacity but the state government under Governor Ibikunle Amosun, has done a lot in its afforestation programme, for example, in 2016 we planted 500,000 seedlings, this year (2017) we are planning to plant 1.5 million seedlings so that we can regenerate our forest reserves”.

”We know the government alone cannot do it, that is why we are frightening our relationship with private investors and private sectors”, he said.

The Commissioner further said: ”The current forestry laws in place was last reviewed in 2006 but because of the governor’s mission to rebuild the state, we are reviewing the existing laws because they can no longer stand the challenges of the current time, this you are going to see in the next couple of months when the reviewed laws are going to be presented to the State House of Assembly for passage”

” Most of the laws are obsolete, that is why we need to have a look at them with a view of reviewing them, there are some without punitive measures which allow these people to do whatever they like in the reserves, we know we should strengthen and enhance the law to be able to arrest the situation” he concluded.

Ogun Govt. To Partner River Basin Authority On Power Generation

Amosun Restates Commitment To Combatting CrimeThe Ogun State Government, has said it is ready to partner with the Ogun-Osun river basin authority to develop nine megawatts of electricity at the Oyan dam.

Governor, Ibikunle Amosun gave the indication when he received the executive management of the basin authority at his office.

The Governor also sought for collaboration in the area of agriculture.

Amosun Restates Commitment To Combatting Crime

Amosun Restates Commitment To Combatting CrimeThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has reiterated the commitment of his administration towards ensuring a safe environment for living and for businesses to thrive.

This, he hopes to achieve by strengthening the existing law of the state against kidnapping and cultism, among other social vices.

He gave the assurance in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing members of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, during a walk against kidnapping, extra judicial killings, and corruption.

Also speaking against kidnapping, during a meeting with Assistant Inspector General of Police in January, Amosun stated that the menace is something all citizens must challenge.

“Kidnapping is so alien to us in this country, but all of a sudden, it raised its ugly head and I think we must frontally challenge it.

“We have the appropriate laws and we might have to review such laws. Let me use this opportunity and medium to send the right signals to all these criminals that Ogun state will not be comfort zone for them.”

Consequently, the governor has harped on the need for every resident of the state to be law abiding and give maximum support to the security agencies in the onerous task of ensuring adequate security of life and property.

He also gave an assurance that the perpetrators of any such crime, if caught, would be brought to book.

Ogun Lawmakers Approve Amosun’s Request To Access Credit Facility

Ibikunle Amosun on African cultureThe Ogun State House of Assembly has approved Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s request to obtain 65.7 billion Naira credit facility in line with the 2017 approved State budget to finance capital projects in the State.

The approval followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by Honourable Rasaq Oduntan and supported by the whole House through a voice vote, shortly after members had debated on the desirability of the credit facility.

It was granted under “House Rule No. 090/2017 – Approval to the State Government to obtain a Credit facility of 65.785 billion Naira from domestic and foreign banks and other financial institutions

While putting forward the governor’s request for approval, the Majority Leader said: ”It is the opinion of this Honourable House, that approval be given to the State Government to access 65.785 billion Naira facility or any part thereof, from any domestic, foreign banks or financial institutions to finance developmental projects in the State”.

Earlier Mr Mafe said governor Amosun’s request was in line with the approved capital receipt contained in the 2017 budget, pointing out that the single digit interest rate would give a great relief for government in the midst of the current economic recession.

The Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo and Honourable Olusola Bankole, who contributed to the debate leading to the approval of the credit facility, said the lenders of the credit facility would not offer direct cash to government but having dedicated projects meant to be funded by the facility, while the creditors would also determine the consultants that would handle the projects.

They noted that the State House of Assembly would carry out its oversight on all the projects so as to ensure value for money and promote accountability, transparency and prudence in the best interest of the State.

On his part the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa, while supporting the motion for approval said the Assembly would monitor closely the list of projects to be funded with the facility.

Ogun Govt. Engages 150 Youths Through Vocational Programmes

ogun-youthsNo fewer than 150 youths in Ogun State are currently undergoing training in various vocations towards making them self-reliant and productive in order to contribute to the economic growth of the state.

The beneficiaries in fourth batch of the training are undergoing vocational and skill development programmes of the State Government through the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Abiola Okonjie, said the trainees were being trained in hairdressing, catering, barbing, costuming and tailoring.

Kufile revealed that the duration of the trainees’ apprenticeship ranges from three months to one and half years, depending on the scope of the training.

She said that the government was determined to sustain the scheme until joblessness and unemployment among youths in the State were reduced to the barest minimum.

“Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration is determined to tackle unemployment head long and one of the strategies put in place is to ensure that any youth interested in learning any particular skill will be encouraged to be self-reliant and productive to the society,” she said.

The Commissioner further urged the trainees to seize the opportunity of the training to translate the skills they have acquired into veritable means of livelihood that would be worthwhile.

She solicited the partnership of individuals, philanthropists, government and non-governmental organisations, especially the existing partners in the micro credit scheme to get actively involved in the socio-economic development of citizens by complementing the efforts of the State government through the empowerment of the trainees after graduation.

Some of the trainees commended the State government for the programme which they described as “all inclusive” as not only indigenes of the State had benefited from the programme.

They said the effort was a springboard for participants to earn a living for themselves.

13 States Complete N-Power Verification

13 States Complete NPower Verification13 states of Nigeria’s federation have submitted verified lists of graduates engaged under the N-Power job creation programme of the federal government.

This comes as the government prepares to commence the payment of monthly stipends to the 200,000 graduates drawn from all 36 states.

A statement from the Office of the Vice President says some of the graduates have been deployed to their primary places of assignment, and payment of the 30,000 naira stipends will commence this month.

The states that have completed the verification include Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Cross Rivers, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina and Kogi States.

Ogun Govt. Begins Verification Of N-Power Applicants

N-power, OgunThe Ogun State government has commenced the verification exercise for the 5,799 beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s social welfare and employment generation scheme, N-Power.

Channels Television crew, who visited some of the verification centres across the three senatorial districts of the state, said unemployed graduates subjected themselves to the screening exercise.

The verification of certificates and other documents was carried out to ascertain the eligibility of the applicants in the state in southwest Nigeria.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor, Mrs Tinuola Sopeju, briefed a gathering on the process of the exercise on Thursday.

Mrs Sopeju explained that the beneficiaries would be clustered into three groups according to their areas of competence.

The beneficiaries are expected to get the sum of 30,000 naira monthly as stipend under the social welfare and empowerment programme.

Some of the applicants commended the government for the initiative.

They also asked for the extension of the programme beyond the stipulated duration of two years.

Ogun Workers End Strike After National Leadership’s Intervention

Workers. Strike, OgunWorkers in Ogun State have agreed to suspend their two weeks industrial action over non-payment of deductions and other demands.

The resolve was reached on Wednesday after a closed door meeting which lasted for about nine hours between the national and state leaders of the organised labour and State government.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration towards better conditions of service for the state workforce.

In his submission, the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, commended the two sides for the maturity that led to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at resolving the impasse.

The civil servants had on October 20, commenced an indefinite strike to press home their demands over an alleged non-payment of 12 months deductions.

Among other demands, the industrial action was also aimed at putting an immediate end to the contributory pension scheme.

The workers began the strike after Governor Amosun had sent a strong warning to the leadership of labour unions in the state.

The governor had also lauded the people of the state for their understanding and the support shown towards his administration’s policies and programme.

He assured them of more development in the state in the coming fiscal year.

Past Osun Leaders Laud Governor Aregbesola’s Leadership

Rauf Aregbesola Osun State Governor Past military administrators and former civilian governors in Osun State have lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the trend of development in the state.

They said that the Governor had kept the dream of the forefathers of the state alive.

Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye (rtd), who governed Osun State from August 1998 to May 1999 and Captain Anthony Udofia (rtd), who also ruled the state from December 1993 to August 22,1996, said that they were proud of the Governor on his achievements so far.

The two former military governors spoke at the 25th Anniversary of the state which was celebrated with calisthenics display at the Osogbo township stadium, on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

On behalf of past governors of Osun state, Colonel Bamigboye said: “I left Osun in peace and I am happy to be here in peace too.

“Clearly, Osun is moving and developing. Everybody can see that.

“I want to congratulate Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the 25th Anniversary of the state.

“I have never witnessed a colourful celebration like this. Even the military parade is not as beautiful as this. This is marvellous, fantastic and awesome.

Osun is lucky to have a Governor like Aregbesola. The Governor is working. Osun is moving forward. I want to say that you [Aregbesola] are working, keep it up. I am proud of you”.

In his address, Captain Udofia said: “We give glory to God for making us witnessing the 25th Anniversary of the state.

“No doubt, Osun is developing and I give kudos to past governors.

“Specifically, I want to commend Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his achievements. Osun is gradually becoming what the founders of the state wanted it to be.

“In the past, there was little or nothing to show that Osogbo is a state capital. I am so much impressed by the Aregbesola’s achievements and projects.

“Specifically, I commend Aregbesola on the education sector. The modern schools he is building are superb. I am happy to see the modern Anthonia Udofia School built by Aregbesola. When I got to the school, I thought it was a polytechnic.

“The calisthenics display is wonderful. This is a very laudable programme. I congratulate the children and youths of the state”.

The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, who represented Governor Ibikunle Amosun, pointed out that Governor Aregbesola had taken the development of the state far, with developmental projects spreading across the sphere of governance.

“There is government presence in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

“I commend Aregbesola for the good work he is doing. The infrastructural development of the state is commendable. Aregbesola has positively transformed the state,” Mrs Onanuga added.

Meanwhile, some Pensioners in the state refused to participate in the 25th Anniversary celebration, but took to the street in protest, calling for the payment of gratuities to retirees of 2011-2012 and an end to half payment of pensions to the retirees in the state.

The pensioners, under the forum of retirees of 2011/2012, recounted their grievances while addressing reporters in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.