Former Ogun Governor Urges Peace Among Nigerians

Gbenga Daniel, Peace, NigeriansFormer Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ to offer special prayers for peace to reign in the country and the world at large.

Mr Daniel, who stated this in a Christmas message on Sunday, tasked both Christians and Muslim faithful to rededicate themselves to love, peace, unity, equity and justice, in order to further strengthen their spiritual confrontation of the ills plaguing the society.

According to him, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the fulfilment of God’s great love for humanity.

“We must remain committed to the worthy ideals of the season and spread the joy of God to others irrespective of their religion affiliations.

“Despite myriad of challenges facing us as a nation in poverty, diseases, crimes, violence and insurgency, our continued existence as a nation was a great testimony that God is still with Nigeria and will continue to protect us the more if we come closer to him.

“Celebrate the season with prudence and remember the less privileged as it is a season of humility, goodwill and selflessness as taught by the scriptures and must be observed with moderation and care for fellow citizens, as we join others in recognising the renewed hope and reaffirmation of God’s great love for the people of the world and Nigerians in particular,” the former governor said.

CBN To Ease Access To Funds For SMEs

Godwin-Emefiele-Governor-of-Central-Bank-NigeriaThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has promised to streamline logistics and mechanisms to ease access to funds for the development of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMEs).

The Governor of the apex bank, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who announced the plan on Tuesday, said that of the 220 billion Naira earmarked for the sector in 2014 only about 80 billion Naira had been accessed so far.

He gave the update during the fact finding mission of the Presidential Task Force on Agricultural Commodity and Production led by the Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu.

Also at the meeting was the Governor of Ogun State, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, who asked for more funds for cooperative societies in the agricultural sector to grow the state’s economy.

Earlier, the task force was taken round some of the farms in the state, where the farmers laid bare their demands, with access to financing topping their list.

The coordinator of Eriwe Fish Farm Village, Professor Olanipekun Alausa, spoke on behalf of some fish farmers in the state before they moved from farm to farm in Ijebu Ode, Kotopo Greenhouse Farm in Abeokuta and Eweje Farm Settlement.

The task force members were conducted round the farms where the CBN governor assured the farmers of easy access to SMEs funds.

The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, also reeled out some of the plans of the Federal Government for the sector for cooperative societies in the state.

Findings by this task force is expected to form the fulcrum for the extended Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government for the state.

Amosun Advocates Promotion Of African Culture

Ibikunle Amosun on African cultureGovernor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday called for the promotion of the African cultural heritage.

The Governor says a smooth blend of religion, culture and tradition is a way of enhancing peaceful coexistence and national development.

He made the call during the celebration of an annual festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ojude Oba, in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

Among the dignitaries at the event are the governors of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson and his Kaduna State counterpart, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

Amosun Says Administration Has Achieved Five Cardinal Programmes

amosun2The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, says his state has achieved the five cardinal programmes set out by his administration which he promised during the beginning of his tenure.

He disclosed the achievements in the different sectors such as education, health, agriculture, urban housing scheme, infrastructural development.

Governor Amosun was the guest on a special edition of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily live from Ogun State, where he spoke about the ongoing Ogun State Investment Forum.

He called on investors to come and invest in the state because the state holds a high advantage compared to other states.

He said that the state is blessed with arable land and good vegetation which he believes is an attraction for investment.

He noted that Ogun State has also become a leading state based on its investment in education.

According to the Governor, the state has over 600 secondary schools and over 1,000 primary schools that the government sustains, adding that there are more opportunities for the private sector to be part of the development.

The Governor also beckoned on all those living in the state and working in Lagos State to remit their taxes to Ogun State as this will further help the development of the state.

Herdsmen, Farmers Conflict: Buhari Orders Military Deployment To Restive Communities

herdsmen, farmers conflict in NigeriaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the deployment of the military to states currently battling to contain conflicts between farmers and Fulani herdsmen.

The deployment is part of measures to end the scourge that had claimed several lives and affected farming activities in the affected states.

According to a spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, there is a plan to map out grazing areas which has been presented to the governors of the states.

Mr Shehu was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Monday.

Visit To China

President Muhammadu Buhari being received at the airport in China

On the President’s visit to China and expected gains, he said that Nigerians were anticipating a huge infrastructural development as part of the successes made during the visit.

While giving his opinion on the investments secured by the Nigerian government, Mr Shehu expressed the belief that it was the $6 billion expected foreign investments  secured in the course of the visit, was the biggest feat.

He further explained that China wanted to take Nigeria through how to achieve industrialisation.

“They want to take four (maybe) towns in the country and they want to use them as models for specialised kind of production. That’s how they started their own.

“Something is already happening for instance with Ogun State (the Free Trade Zone), I believe that the Governor of Ogun State, in the course of this trip, signed not less than six agreements and there are even more that are coming,” the President’s spokesman said.

Mr Shehu added that “there will be massive improvement of the infrastructure, using the investment that is coming from China”.

He stressed that a lot of these companies were expected to come in.

President Buhari Arrives In China

Muhammadu-Buhari-Arrives-ChinaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived in the People’s Republic of China for a state visit.

According to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari was welcomed at the Beijing Capital International Airport by China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Cheng Guoping, alongside other senior Chinese government officials.

Also at the airport were the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam.

Other Nigerian government’s functionaries at the airport were the Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and Minister of Defence, Dan Monsur Ali.

The President left Abuja on Sunday for a working visit to China aimed at securing greater support from Beijing for the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, especially in the power, roads, railways, aviation, water supply and housing sectors.

Considering Chinese Panda Bond

It is expected that in the course of the visit, several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and China would be concluded and signed.

The agreements include a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China to boost industrial activities and infrastructural development in Nigeria.

Others are a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Communications and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

Minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said Nigeria was also considering Japanese bond

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, had told reporters after a meeting with the business and investment community early on Saturday in Lagos, that the government was considering the possibility of issuing Chinese panda bond to make up for the deficit in the 2016 budget.

She said that the government’s objective was to borrow the cheapest possible money.

The breakfast meeting focused on the imperatives for fiscal discipline, investment and diversification of the domestic economy in the face of strong local and international headwinds such as the steady decline in oil prices and weak global economic growth.

Governor Amosun Settles Alleged Rift Between Alake, Awujale

AmosunIt appears the purported rift between the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, over the ranking of obas in Yoruba land may have been put to rest.

This is coming as the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, waded into the crisis that has pitched the two paramount rulers against each other.

The Governor held a closed door meeting with both monarchs which lasted three hours at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Governor Amosun emphasized the need for peace and unity among Yoruba obas for the harmony and progress of Nigeria’s southwest region.

While fielding questions from reporters after the meeting, the two paramount rulers maintained silence over the alleged crisis, vehemently denying any rift.

Ogun Govt. To Make MAPOLY Degree Awarding Institution

MAPOLY-Ogun State-Ibikunle Amosun Ogun State-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) in Abeokuta will soon become a degree awarding institution.

The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, gave the hint on Thursday at the 14th convocation ceremony of the institution held at the school premises in the state’s capital, southwest Nigeria.

According to Governor Amosun, the upgrade is to put the institution on a sound footing to develop and deploy appropriate technologies and competences in the socio-economic development of Ogun State.

Restating the commitment of his administration towards qualitative and affordable education at all levels, he called for more public and private participation in the development of the education sector.

The Governor also admonished the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the country as well as make integrity and self-control their watch word.

In his remark, the Rector of MAPOLY, Oludele Itiola, called for the redirection of Nigeria’s intellectual development by nurturing graduates needed for the challenges of the 21st century.

Graduands were turned out in the schools of engineering, environmental studies, business and management studies, communication and technology, as well as science and technology for the awards of National and Higher National Diploma.

The graduation ceremony was for the 2009 through 2015 sets of MAPOLY.

Buhari Commends Ogun State For ‘Enduring’ Projects

Muhammadu-Buhari-in-Ogun-State-40th-anniversaryNigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has commended the Ogun State government for the projects commissioned in the state which he said were enduring.

In a speech at the 40th anniversary of Ogun State on Tuesday, President Buhari expressed satisfaction with the programmes of the state, which Governor Ibikunle Amosun said would bring change to the health, housing, education and agricultural sector among others.

“I express my gratitude to the Governor of Ogun State for inviting me and identifying with me on his success.

“He managed to disorientate me. On my commissioning in January 1963 – my post hosting was to Abeokuta where Second Inventory Battalion of the Nigerian Army used to be.

“I said he managed to disorientate me because if you drop me anywhere in Abeokuta, and ask me to find where the barracks is, I assure you I will get missing.

“I am partly pleased and happy about your success because I think that whatever I knew about Abeokuta, I have lost it.

“Your programmes are certainly people orientated. We have commissioned roads, schools and legal complex headquarters where I met with justices and I made an immediate observation to the Governor that there are more ladies judges than men.

“I am not a chauvinist, but I am warning the gentlemen that the ladies are taking over in very important professions.

“These institutions and the quality of their jobs are going to be very enduring and I’m very pleased that I’m being identified with social infrastructural institutions that will endure,” he told a gathering that had past President Olusegun Obasanjo and past state governors present.

The President also made reference to his era as the Minister of Petroleum under President Olusegun Obasanjo, pointing out that the government made more investments and infrastructural developments in the petroleum industry.

He listed some projects put together by that regime to include refineries built in Warri and Kaduna, more than 20 depots built, more than 3,500 land pipes made and a number of petrol stations built.

“We were exporting refined products of one hundred thousand barrels per day,” he said.

“General Obasanjo, when he was the Head of State, made me the Minister of Petroleum and tolerated me for three and a half years.

“He tolerated me because God knows and he knows that I’m not used to working hard as he used to, but he allowed me to last that long and also allowed me to work,” President Buhari said.




Amosun Inspects Palliative Work On Lagos/Ibadan Expressway

amosunThe Governor Of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, has inspected the palliative work on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway that lies within the Ogun State axis.

Men and equipment of the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure have been mobilized and work has begun on the bad portions to reduce the challenges road users and motorists who ply the road, experience on a daily basis

Commenting on the development, Governor Amosun said that the development became imperative in view of the importance of the road to socio-economic development of the country.

According to Governor Amosun, the palliative measure, being put in place is expected to last for about a month and repair works would be done majorly at night.

He, however, appealed to road users to show understanding and bear with the government, pending the time the palliative measures would be carried out.

The State Government commenced palliative work on the failed portion of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway on Wednesday.

Amosun Tasks Ogun Public Servants On Effective Service

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has tasked the state’s work force on the need to redouble their effort towards providing effective and adequate service delivery as his mission is to rebuild the socio-economic and political fortunes of the state in the next four years

Amosun said this during his unscheduled visit to ministries and offices at the State Secretariat located in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, alongside with his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga and the Head of Service, Mrs Modupe Adekunle.

While thanking Ogun residents and workers for the confidence reposed in him and his administration, the Governor asked for understanding and cooperation.

He also promised to complete all ongoing projects with assurances that new ones would be approved for the overall development of the state.

Amosun was on Friday, May 29 sworn in as the Governor of Ogun State for a second term in office at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta where he promised to focus more on developmental projects.

Ogun State Government Announces Payment Of Deducted Salary

Ogun-StateThe Ogun State Government has announced the payment of salary deductions and cooperative dues, with 1.5 billion Naira released on Friday.

The payment covers deductions of salaries affecting both State and Local Government workers.

In a statement by the State  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the state government said the payment was in fulfillment of the agreement reached between the Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun and the workers during an interactive session held last month in Abeokuta, the State’s capital.

Prior to the downturn in Federal Allocation and the general economy, the State Government had been remitting salary deductions as and when due and had also cleared arrears inherited from the past administration.

However, the suddenness of downturn adversely affected both the Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue, thereby creating fresh arrears.

The State Government said that the release of salary reduction demonstrates that it has successfully adjusted to the new financial reality and was confident that it would be able to clear the balance of arrears expediently.

Ogun State Government further assured the workers that the government would always protect their interests at all times and restated the fact that it had no plan to sack any worker.

The financial adjustment, the State Government stated, was achieved through increased spending inefficiencies and enhanced focus on Internally Generated Revenue.

The State Government further expressed gratitude to the workers for their patience, understanding and co-operation since the administration assumed office, particularly when the economic downturn led to delay in the remittance of the deductions and co-operative dues.