Ondo Speaker, Deputy, Two Others Defect To APC

Ondo Speaker, Three Others Leave PDP For APCFour members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, including the newly elected Speaker have decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers are: the new Speaker, Bamidele Oleyeloogun; Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji; former Deputy Speaker, Ayodeji Arowele and Segun Ajimotokin.

Speaking to reporters at the Governor’s office in Akure, the state’s capital, Honourable Oleyeloogun informed that the remaining PDP members of the Assembly will soon join the ruling party.

He assured the people of Ondo State that the lawmakers are ready to work with the executive arm of government to move the state forward.

“We are here to signify our intention to join the ruling party, the APC. The remaining ceremony will be carried out on the floor of the House of Assembly, but let me give you the assurance that our remaining colleagues are also on their way coming to this ruling party.

” I’m giving the people of Ondo, the assurance that all necessary things to be carried out in this state will be done when needed. I assure you that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is ready to work for the state and the legislative arm of government is ready to support him,” the Speaker said.

Dividends Of Democracy

Honourable Ogundeji, on his part, said the decision of the lawmakers to defect to APC was based on the fact that it is the platform where people of the state can enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“Our intention to decamp to the ruling party is not because of any other thing, but because of the fact that we know that it is only APC that can deliver the good dividends of democracy to our people.

“The interest of all of us here is the interest of the people that voted us into office, we don’t have any interest that we are representing here other than the interest of the people of Ondo State.

“The party that the people of Ondo State want is the APC and we believe that the only party that we can belong to that can make the dividends of democracy get to the people of Ondo State is the APC,” the Deputy Speaker explained.

The Secretary to the State Government, Honourable Ifedayo Abegunde, who received the defectors into the APC, pointed out that the development was in the best interest of the state.

“This is a welcome development and is a signal that APC is increasing in number and we are getting popular, and this I believe and I’m sure will translate to good governance in Ondo State.

“The more we are, the more confident our Governor is going to be, and the more we will be able to move Ondo State forward. I did this on behalf of my Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu,” he said.

With the defection, the number of APC members in the House has risen to nine, while the remaining 17 members belong to the PDP.

Osun SWAN Inducts Gov. Aregbesola As Grand Patron

Osun SWAN Inducts Gov. Aregbesola As Grand PatronThe Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun state chapter, has inducted the Governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola as the first Grand Patron of the association in the state.

The Governor, while giving his acceptance speech, said that he was honoured being installed as the first grand patron of the association.

Aregbesola tasked the journalists to be more active in sports reportage by asking questions when necessary.

Aregbesola said the honour and investiture was more of an assignment and said he was willing to take up the position and challenges attached.

“I am willing to be the grand patron of your association, though the economic situation now in the country is not palatable, I will play my part to support the association.

“Count me as a worthy member of the association because I will do everything I can to support you.” he said

He said sports could be used as a means of promoting social development and engagement, and tasked sport writers to contribute more as a tool of restructuring the society.

He reinstated his administration’s commitment to sporting activities like calisthenics in public and private schools in the state and the re-commencement of the “Walk to Live” programme.Osun SWAN Inducts Gov. Aregbesola As Grand Patron

Speaking at the investiture at the Governor’s office, Abeere, the state chairman of
SWAN, Mr Adeyemi Aboderin, said that the Governor was being honoured and inducted, as recognition of his numerous contributions to the development of sports and healthy living in the state.

Aboderin described Aregbesola as the best sports loving governor in the country.

According to Aboderin, the tradition was that a performing governor should be inducted as Grand Patron of SWAN and that the governor would be the first beneficiary of such an honour in the history of the state.

He said the synergy created by this investiture means that a stronger relationship would be formed between the state SWAN and state government, which would create possible ways of moving sports forward in the state.

Speaking at the induction event, the National President of SWAN, Mr Honour Sirawoo, who was represented by the South-West Vice President of SWAN, Mr Boye Ajayi, said that the association was proud to have the Governor as the grand patron of the association in the state.

He said the Governor was being appreciated as a performing sports governor. He congratulated and also thanked him for taking up the role and position.

He said the association was waxing stronger in the state and stated that having the governor as the grand patron would boost the association’s strength.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a plaque and medal by the National President and State Chairmen of SWAN to the Governor as the association’s state grand patron.

Gov. Amosun Challenges Exco Members On Task Ahead

Gov Amosun Challenges Exco Members On Task AheadOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has charged members of his cabinet to brace up for greater tasks ahead, saying it required a collective efforts to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people in the New Year.

Governor Amosun gave the charge at the first executive council meeting of the year held at the Exco Chamber, Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Governor, who prayed for a prosperous year, gave the assurance that his administration was determined to do more to surpass the achievements of the previous year, while appreciating the cabinet members for their support and dedication.

He used the occasion to congratulate the outgoing Head of Service, Mr Olusola Adeyemi for his achievements and meritorious service to the State in the past 35years affirming that the Head of Service had contributed in no small measure to the success story of the present administration.

Responding to the gesture of the Governor and other executive members, the Head of Service, Sola Adeyemi, appreciated the state government for the opportunity given him to serve the people of the state.

Delta Govt. Begins ‘Operation Clear Blocked Drainages’

Okowa, Delta State, Blocked DrainagesThe Delta State government has embarked on the clearing of blocked drainages in Asaba, the state capital.

The Director General, Special Programme at the Governor’s Office, Chief Frank Omare, who led the clean-up exercise, asked the residents to desist from dumping refuse in drainage.

He said that the exercise was to clear all blocked drainages in Asaba and pave way for free flow of water as Asaba, the Delta State capital is known to be flooded during heavy rainfall.

This ugly development, according to the DG led to the mandate of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to ensure that all illegal structures blocking the waterways and drainages are cleared.

The DG, who moved around the Ibusa road area of Asaba, had to engage more labourers to effectively clear the drainages.

While saying the exercise would last for two weeks, Mr Frank Omare noted that all illegal structures built along waterways would be brought down.

Cross River State To Have Accounting College In Calabar

cross riverThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has received with a cheerful heart, the request by the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) to establish the south-south region of the College of Accounting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The Governor, who pledged his administration’s resolve towards the success of the establishment in the state, was reacting to an earlier request by the President of the Association, Anthony Chukwuemeka Nzom, when he led a delegation of its national leadership to the Governor’s Office on a courtesy call at the EXCO Chambers in Calabar.

Laying emphasis on the importance of the institution to the nation at large, Ayade challenged the association to attack corruption and condemn it in its entirety by making sure that accountants are people with ethics, knowledge and integrity.

The President of ANAN said that the Association was established in 1979 and is recognized as the number two professional Accounting body in Africa by the Pan-African Federation of Accountants, which is the continent’s body for professional accountants.

Mr. Nzom told the Governor that the establishment of the institution in the state became imperative, following its serenity and less congestion which is conducive for learning without external distractions.

The body sued for the cooperation of the Ayade-led government towards the successful establishment of the institution, in order to afford its intending students the opportunity to access education within the south-south region.

Nasarawa Govt. To Borrow Over 500 Million Naira To Pay Salaries

nasarawaThe Nasarawa State Government has resolved to source overdraft of over 522 million Naira, to augment allocation from the Federation Account, to pay outstanding salaries of Local Government staff.

The decision was reached between the Nasarawa State Government, led by Governor Tanko Al-makura and the leadership of the organise labor and workers in the state, to resolve the impasse created over non-payment of February salaries.

Briefing journalist after the private meeting held in the Governor’s office on Monday, the Commissioner for Government Affairs, noted that efforts are being made to prevent further borrowing by government to pay salaries.

There has been financial pressure on most State Governors to meet salary obligations to workers, following the poor turn of crude oil price, leading to low remittances and allocation to the three tiers of government.

Governor Fayemi Pays State Workers Unscheduled Visit

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has started the New Year by paying an unscheduled visit to workers under the employ of the state.

Governor Fayemi, speaking during his unscheduled visit to all ministries, departments and agencies in the State Secretariat, including the Governor’s Office, assured the workers of a better welfare package to encourage them to do more in the New Year.

Dr Fayemi described the workers as strategic partners in the efforts to move the state forward.

He added that the support of the state workforce, who are the engine room of Government is crucial to the development of the state. Their welfare therefore, remains priority to his administration.

He also explained that the purpose for the visit was to appreciate the workers for their hard work and dedication in 2013 and also to encourage them to put in more efforts in the New Year.

Also speaking during the visit, the Head of Service, Bunmi Fabosaya, who also commended the state workers for their supports so far, described the civil servant as a major stakeholder in the development of the state.

Kwankwaso Hoists APC Flags In Kano Government House

The Kano State governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso

The Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has formally declared for the All Peoples Congress (APC). 

Reports said that the governor and his deputy, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, unveiled the APC flag after meeting with political stakeholders and loyalists of the governor within the state PDP, representing 44 local government areas of the state.

The governor afterwards said: “It is imperative to leave the old order and embrace the new order found in the APC to bring about democratic change in Nigeria.’’

The governor then went ahead to hoist the APC flag at the Governor’s Office, and the Kano State Government House.

Governor Kwankwaso alongside his counterpart from Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi had earlier in the week confirmed their defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) by attending the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja.

Few weeks ago the governors declared their intentions to defect to the APC after several months of running a controversial faction of the PDP which they called the New PDP led by Abubakar Kawu Baraje.