Amosun Condemns Citing Of Fuel Staions In Residential Areas

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has condemned siting of fuel stations in residential areas while also lamenting avoidable wastage of lives and property on account of wanton disrespect for town planning laws.

The governor disclosed this yesterday (Friday) at Idi Iroko during his on-the-spot assessment of Thursday’s fire incident which led to the death of three people, serious injuries to several others and valuable properties destroyed.

Amosun warned residents against erecting illegal structures and ordered the Ministry of Physical Planning to ensure business owners comply with relevant laws in siting fuel stations.

The governor frowned at fuel tanks erected in front of private buildings and condemned reckless driving by some petrol tanker drivers.

“We should not endanger our lives in our quest to make money,” he said.

He disclosed that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had been contacted and would collaborate with the local council to bring succour to victims of the unfortunate incident.

He directed that proper medical care be provided to those that sustained injuries.

Amosun condoled with Baale Ogunseye who lost three members of his family in the inferno.

Responding on behalf of the victims, Baale Ogunseye thanked the governor for his compassion and kindness.

An articulated vehicle conveying petrol to a filling station on Thursday night had lost control and skidded resulting in the inferno in a residential area in Idiroko, Ipokia Local Government.

Obasanjo, Amosun Reconcile Traditional Rulers In Egbaland

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun on Saturday called for an enduring, purposeful peaceful co-existence and harmony among the four sectional traditional rulers of Egba extraction to fast track socio economic and political development in the state.

The two leaders made the call in Abeokuta, the state capital, at the peace parley among the four sectional traditional rulers held at the Ogun state Government House facilitated by the state governor.

The peace parley initiated by Mr Amosun was attended by the Alake of Egbaland; the Osinle of Oke Ona; the Olowu of Owu kingdom; and the Agura of Gbagura; Mr Obasanjo, former head of interim government, Earnest Sonekan; and the Deputy Governor (Operation) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo.

The goal of the meeting was to end the mistrust, and leadership tussle among the Egba traditional rulers.

While recommending dialogue and communication as panacea to world peace and harmony, Mr Obasanjo decried the slow pace of development in the country despite abundance of natural and human resources. However, he was quick to say that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Reading the communique after the closed-door meeting which lasted for several hours, the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo said the traditional rulers have agreed to leave the past behind them all for the progress and development of Egbaland and Ogun state in general.

Mr Obasanjo admonished the traditional rulers to do the needful to sustain the new found peace.

The highpoint of the occasion was the toast to the unity and continuous progress of Egbaland; Ogun State; and Nigeria in general.

Amosun swears in two new female commissioners

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has sworn in two female commissioners,  bringing the number of females in the cabinet to 12.

The new commissioners are Mrs. Yewande Amusan, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and Mrs Ronke Shokefun, Commissioner for Agriculture.

Amosun charged the new commissioners “to sustain the heritage of excellence, selfless service and outstanding performance to ensure the overall development and socio-economic development of the state for the good of all”.

Mrs Yewande Amusan was until her appointment the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Private Partnership (PPP) while Mrs Ronke Shokefun was in charge of Bureau of Lands.

The inauguration ceremony was held  at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.

Ogun state governor effects minor cabinet reshuffle

The Governor of Ogun state; Ibikunle Amosun has effected a minor cabinet reshuffle saying this is to enable government to invigorate and strengthen the administration to achieve its five-point economic blueprint through the re-building process.

This is according to a press statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa.

Chief Olu Odeyemi, formerly Of the Ministry of Culture & Tourism will move to the Ministry of Special Duties, Hon.  Ayo Olubori, formerly of the Ministry of Agriculture will move to the Ministry of Forestry.

Others are Dr Lanre Tejuosho, formerly of the Ministry of Special Duties will move to the Ministry of the Environment.

Mr Adebayo Fari, formerly of the Ministry of Environment will move to the newly created Ministry of Physical Planning; while Hon. Falilu Adebisi, formerly of the ministry of forestry will move to the ministry of Rural Development.

Meanwhile, the Governor has sent names of Commissioners-designate to the House of Assembly for consideration.

According to the statement, the exercise will take immediate effect.

Lateef Adegbite is dead

The death of the Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Lateef Adegbite has been announced.

The governor of Ogun State, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Funmi Wakama on Friday, announced the death of Dr Adegbite, who was also the Seriki Musulumi and Baba Adini of Egbaland.

According to the statement, Dr. Adegbite “passed on this (Friday) evening in Lagos, at the age of seventy nine.”

The statement described the late Seriki of Egbaland as one of the icons the state has produced for Nigeria.

“Dr. Adegbite shone like a star in the field of law and was well known across the world as the mouthpiece of Islam in Nigeria”, the governor stated, adding that “the late Seriki was a man who usually offered wise counsel to governments at Federal and State levels.”

“The demise of Dr Adegbite is not just a loss to Ogun State but to Nigeria as a whole” the governor mourned.

The Islamic cleric would be laid to rest on Saturday, according to Islamic rites.

Ogun inaugurates 11 man Gateway FC committee

An 11-man advisory committee that will support Gateway Football Club management in implementing its policies as well as provide direction has been inaugurated by the Ogun State Government.

Inaugurating the committee, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Olugbenga Otenuga said the revised advisory committee will also determine the club structure, organisation and its operations.

The committee headed by Mr. Adeola Adelanwa also has the former technical director of the Nigeria Football Association,Dr. Kashimawo Laloko as the vice chairman.

Other members are Chief Segun Odegbami (MON), Mr. Tunji Onatolu, Mr. Demola Makanjuola, Professor Seun Omotayo, Prince Niyi Olatidoye, Dr. Muyiwa Osuntolu, and Mr. Yomi Opakunle while the General Manager of the Club, Mr. Gboyega Okegbenro will serve as Secretary.

The committee will be accountable to the State commissioner for Youth and Sports.

Members will initially meet monthly; and when the team stabilizes, the committee will meet quarterly.

GatewayFC returned to the top level of professional football in Nigeria, the Nigerian Premier League in 2008 after being relegated in 2005 after a one year stint.

ICAN urges CBN to shelve introduction of N5, 000 note

The Institute of chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) has appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to have a second look at the proposed introduction of N5, 000.00 note as it would lead to inflation and hinder the cashless policy being currently pursued by the Federal Government.

The National President of ICAN, Mr. Adedoyin Owolabi made appeal in an interview shortly after paying a courtesy call on the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun in Abeokuta.

Mr. Owolabi advised the apex bank to shelve the idea as it would further encourage people moving around with large sum of money and would also result to inflation.

He also said that the Institute is planning to sponsor Whistleblower’s Protection Bill at the National Assembly as part of its contributions to promote best practices in corporate governance and rid the society of corrupt and sharp practices which had accounted for the unacceptable rising misery index of the citizenry.

Mr. Owolabi lauded Governor Amosun’s administration for its accomplishments in governance and commitment to the common goal of the people of the State.

Responding, the State governor,  Ibikunle Amosun said that the nation public service now requires more professionals to institutionalize various policies and programmes of government to meet the yearnings of the populace.

Saying that ICAN members serving in the state public service had distinguished themselves by being thorough professionals who imbibed the institute’s ethics of dedication, diligence and transparency.

He seized the opportunity to canvass for support of all and sundry for the passage of the Whistleblower’s Protection Bill, saying it would help to attest to the transparent leadership style of his administration.

Amosun swears in newly elected council bosses

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun this morning swore in the newly-elected local government council chairmen in the State at the June 12 Cultural Centre Kuto in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The governor charged the new council bosses to see their new position as a call to service and not to enrich themselves.

Amosun warned them to urgently embark on people oriented programmes in their various local government councils.

He reminded them of the expectations of the people from them being the closest government to the grassroots.

Earlier, the Secretary to the state government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa thanked the outgoing caretaker chairmen of all the 20 local governments in the state.

He stated that the government acknowledged their stewardship while in office for over one year, adding “we commend your service and appreciate you.

“Today, you are bowing out of office after one year and 15 days in office. We will continue to appreciate you as part of us and we shall together continue to support the government.”

While addressing the new council bosses, who were all dressed in white traditional agbada, Mr. Amosun encouraged them to improve on the internally generated revenue of their respective local governments.

He advised them to resume their duties immediately and ensure they swear in the elected councilors in their councils.

Mr. Amosun also praised the Ogun State Independent electoral Commission “for providing a level playing ground for all parties and contestants.”

All the 19 Local Government Chairmen are members of the Action Congress of Nigeria, the same party Mr. Amosun belongs to.

The ACN also won 217 councillorship positions; the People’s Democratic Party won 10, while the Peoples Party of Nigeria won one seat. The results of 10 councillorship elections, and the chairmanship seat for Imeko-Afon Local Government, were withheld based on a court order.

 

 

Ogun state signs development partnership with German agency

Ogun State Government has signed an agreement with the German Development Agency GIZ (SEDIN) programme in furtherance of its drive to aid the growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and ensure wealth creation for the people.

Signing the agreement at the Obas’ Complex in his office in Abeokuta, the State Governor,  Ibikunle Amosun described the partnership as a potent means towards improving the economy through a renewed support for SMEs..

He described SMEs as a major instrument for achieving the growth of any economy, assuring that the State would support the programme to
achieve success.

Apparently showing strong determination to win the war against unemployment and poverty through the development of the SMEs, various initiatives like this are being put in place to achieve this dream and under this agreement human capital development and skill transfer would be given a pride of place.

Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costello, emphasized that the agreement would put the State in a good stead to achieve economic independence.

Managing Director of GIZ, Mr. Christian Widmann said Ogun state was being considered along two other states in the country because of the strong commitment being attached to the promotion of SME’s in the state saying that financial and technical assistance would be extended to the state.

The agreement also covers economic integration as well as collaboration against the spread of HIV/AIDS.

States observe Democracy Day as Anambra pardons prisoners

States across the federation on Tuesday, marked the Democracy Day celebration with a host of events which includes amnesty for prisoners, foundation laying and a pledge to better services for another yeat by the states cheif executives.

In Anambra state, the state governor, Peter Obi, granted amnesty to thirteen prisoners serving  jail terms in three prisons in the state. This is in exercise of his constitutional powers and to mark the 2012 Democracy Day.

In a memo dated May 24, 2012 and signed by Anambra state Attorney General and chairman, State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, the thirteen persons are to be released from Onitsha, Awka, and Aguata prisons.

From Onitsha prison, Amobi Nnalue, Kingsley Okorom, Ndubuisi Egbo, Nonyelu Ufor, and Azeke Mercy are to be released. Others from the same prison are Chinonso Nwankwo, Ifesinachi Olisa and Chinonso Obieke. Beneficiaries from Awka prison are Sanni Mohammed, Chidoze Ezeigbo, Nwafor Oloo, and Chukwunonso Nwafor while Mohammed Usman was pardoned from Aguata prison.

The Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, while celebrating the National Democracy Day, today gave his stewardship in the past one year, saying that he has not betrayed the confidence and trust reposed in him by the electorate.

The ceremony which held at the newly reconstructed Cultural Centre, Abeokuta the state capital, had the governor reiterating the commitment of his administration towards laying solid foundation to put the state on the part of growth and progress and bring to fruition the dreams and aspirations of the state’s founding fathers.

The governor used the event to highlight his plans for the state in the years to come, but was quick to ask for continuous support and cooperation of the people of the state in the task of rebuilding the state for the good of all.

The occasion was attended by past military administrators of the state, former governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, captains of industry, market men and women.

Meanwhile an interfaith service was held at the Remembrance Arcade of the Government House, Agodi Ibadan to commemorate the state’s governor, Abiola Ajimobi’s first year in office. Prayers were offered by Muslim and Christian clerics for peaceful coexistence and an end to sectarian violence across the country.

Governor Ajimobi expressed gratitude for the support given his administration and promised total restoration of functional social services in the state.

As part of his administration’s achievements, Gov. Ajimobi laid the foundation for a 1,400 units of mixed dwelling for low and high income earners called Transformation Estate.

He promiseed purposeful governance and sued for all to maintain existing peace in the state.

 

Ogun State distributes over 500 transformers to communities.

The Ogun State government on Friday distributed over 500 hundred transformers to various communities in the 20 local government area of the state

500 transformers distributed by Ogun State government to communities in Abeokuta.

This is in line with the state governments attempt, to improve power distribution and the development of the small and medium scale enterprises.

Mr Amosun had said at Owode, the headquarters of Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area, during the fifth day of his tour of the 20 local councils in the state that the transformers will help to improve the power situation in the state.

He described stable electricity supply as a veritable tool for sustainable economic development, promising that his government would continue to invest in the power subsector.

Amosun declares war on bandits

The Ogun state government has stepped up efforts to tackle  security challenges experienced in the state by acquiring 5 state of the art Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC).

The state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, while taking delivery of the APC, gave a note of warning to men of the underworld that there is no comfort zone for robbers in the state any longer.

Speaking while inspecting the APC, the governor reiterated the determination of his administration to curb the menace of armed bandits so that the state would become investors’ destination of choice.

“As you can observe, the recently held Ogun Investors’ Forum is already yielding positive results. There is need to consolidate on that by ensuring that all obstacles to investment in the state are dismantled. That is why we are taking security very seriously” he said.

“As you can observe, the recently-held Ogun Investors’ Forum is already yielding positive results. There is the need to consolidate on that by ensuring that all obstacles to investment in the state are dismantled. That is why we are taking security very seriously,”

The governor also disclosed that seven more APCs were being expected to boost the security across the state.

He said Ogun State was the first to order for the new model of the APCs because of the value his administration placed on security and the lives of security personnel.

Governor Amosun thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for facilitating the clearance papers for the APCs, adding that the more equipment and 125 Hilux vans fitted with modern communication facilities are also expected.