June 12: MKO Abiola A Martyr Of Democracy – Amosun

June 12: MKO Abiola A Martyr Of Democracy – AmosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has lauded the legacies of the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola.

The governor, who made the commendation on Monday when he visited the family house of the late MKO Abiola in Abeokuta, described him as a martyr of democracy in Nigeria.

Prior to the visit, he led a solidarity walk with members of the public to commemorate the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election in the Ogun State capital.

Governor Amosun urged politicians across the country to build on the foundation laid by the late successful businessman.

Also, human rights activist Joe Okei-Odumakin called for a posthumous declaration of MKO Abiola as the president of Nigeria.

PHOTOS: Amosun Rescues Aregbesola’s Aide From Angry Youths At Adeleke’s Burial

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and other governors had to intervene to avert crisis at the burial of the first executive governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on Monday.

Adeleke’s death on Sunday had shocked his supporters, some of who protested on Sunday.

The already tense atmosphere took a turn for the worse when the Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Idiat Babalola, moved to the canopy where the governors who attended the burial sat on Monday.

Youths at the burial became agitated and asked her to leave before attacking her with chairs and sticks.

Amosun intervened, shielded her from the attacks and led her out of Adeleke’s country home to safety.

Ogun Govt. Begins Road Construction In Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government has commenced the construction of a 7.5km six-lane dual carriage, Ogun Standard Road, along the Enugada-Adatan-Ajitadun-Mokola-Ake axis in Abeokuta.

The State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, assured residents that the project and other ongoing projects across the state would be completed in record time.

While monitoring a demolition exercise to pave way for the road, Governor Amosun reaffirmed that his administration will not abandon any project.

He promised that more developmental projects that will be of immense benefit to Ogun citizens would be constructed before the end of his tenure.

The Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, also thanked the people for their cooperation, saying there was no resistance of any kind against the demolition.

According to her, it was an indication that the people appreciate the development government is bringing to the area.

On his part, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Olamilekan Adegbite, said the State Government is paying a total of eight billion Naira as compensation for the houses affected by the demolition exercise.

Adegbite, who revealed that about two billion Naira had already been disbursed, added that apart from payment of compensation, the State Government is also providing temporary relocation support for the aged and physically challenged affected by the demolition exercise.

Some of the residents who spoke to reporters, Mr Sina Akinpelu and Mrs Monsurat Akinbile, expressed satisfaction with the development.

They urged the State Government to fast track the compensation plan, as well as ensure timely completion of the project as promised.

Ogun Govt. Launches Groundwater Abstraction Scheme

The Ogun State Government, has launched the implementation of the groundwater abstraction scheme, aimed at providing the much needed regulatory intervention for sustainable use of water from such formations.

At a ceremony held at the Cultural Centre, kuto, Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, said this became imperative in order to provide a platform for data gathering.

Under the scheme, companies intending to commercialize ground water abstraction for agriculture and manufacturing purposes shall be licensed to withdraw groundwater, as being practiced in developed nations of the world.

“One of the major objectives of the water abstraction control scheme is to provide a platform for data gathering on the various groundwater abstraction facilities in the state, either existing ones or those to be drilled in the future.

“The implementation of the scheme will also provide for continuous monitoring of the quality of water coming out of the aquifers and the quality of the abstraction system.

“The information from such exercise will enable the state to proactively respond to identified area of potential risk through appropriate and timely policy strategic action plans”.

Speaking on behalf of some of the key stakeholders present at the occasion, the chairman of borehole association in the state pledged the unalloyed support of the association for the scheme.

“This is another initiative by the state government and it imperative on us that we must support this, we stand to derive maximum benefit from the scheme if all of us play our roles as expected”.

Water plays a critical and key role in human existence, used for personal hygiene, for domestic and industrial use Government over the years has not been able to meet up with the challenges of providing this essential commodity, hence the involvement of the private sector whose activities have in a way not been effectively regulated.

In effect of this, the state government, policy makers, water resource managers, water tanker operators, borehole drillers, industrialists and other end users are here to launch the implementation of water abstraction scheme in the state to provide platform for data gathering.

To ensure the success of the scheme, the state government said it is reviewing the existing legal frameworks in the state.

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.

Nation Building: Amosun Tasks Individuals On Outstanding Role

Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun, Sun Man of the Year, Nation Building, NigeriaOgun State Governor, Ibikunke Amosun, says Nigeria will be a better place if everyone who gets an award continue with the momentum with which they get such honour.

Governor Amosun made the remark on Sunday during the 14th edition of the Sun Award.

Bagging the Sun Man of the Year award for 2016, he said the honour would propel him to do more for the people of Ogun State.

Call To More Service

The governor, who dedicated to the people of Ogun State, was among successful awardees recognised for their positive contribution to the society.

“Let me thank from the Sun Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Eric Osagie, and his team for a job well done.

“When award like this is given, for me it’s a call to more service.

“It’s a challenge because you’ll ask yourself, why am I single out, why are we being singled out to be given this award? It (means) they’ve seen some good things which we are doing.

“You have challenged me and this award is not for me, it is for the good people of Ogun State,” he said.

True Federalism Identified As Panacea To Nigeria’s Challenges

Emeka Anyaoku, Former Commonwealth Secretary-General.True federalism and political system restructuring have been identified as the panacea to the current socio-economic challenges in Nigeria.

This admonition came from former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, at the SUN Newspaper Man of the Year Award 2017.

While it was a time to honour those who had been nominated by the organisers as having distinguished themselves in the area of responsibility in the year 2016, it was also an opportunity to reiterate the call for higher standards in governance in the country.

The 14th edition of the event which took place in Lagos, brought together serving ministers, governors, political leaders and some other dignitaries.

Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, bagged the Governor of the Year award, while Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was awarded as the Man Of The Year.

FG, World Bank Brainstorm On Climate Change Mitigation

Gas-flaring_Niger-delta_NigeriaThe Nigerian government at all levels has been challenged to provide the necessary political direction and the will, to address the menace of the Greenhouse Gas Emission and its effects staring at the nation in the face.

This challenge was given in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, at a one day climate change knowledge immersion workshop attended by participants from different part of the country.

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril and the Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun has promised concrete actions by the Federal Government and Ogun state towards tackling the menace.

According to Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun while giving his speech at the one day workshop; He challenged industries operating in the state to adopt best practices to mitigate the effects of Greenhouse Gas Emission.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrilthe, stated that “Climate change remains the defining challenge of our time, its effects and threats continue to stare us in the face, the gully erosion in the east and the desert encroachment in the north with its attendant negative effect on food production among other things.”

Directors and commissioners of environment from different parts of the state, other stakeholders were part of the ongoing conversations while calling for urgent actions among nations of the world.

However, the World Bank Group Practicing Manager, Mr Benoit Bosquet said that the continent of Africa will be more vulnerable with more deaths and decrease in agricultural production.

 

Ogun State Govt. Advocates Community Service For Prisoners

Ogun State Govt. Advocates Community Service For PrisonersThe Ogun State government is advocating a paradigm shift from custodian sentencing to community based services for prisoners with mild civil cases as an alternative to imprisonment.

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the State, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, said this at his office in Abeokuta, during a familiarization visit by the leadership of the Nigeria Peace Corps, Ogun State Command.

The commissioner noted that his ministry had forwarded an Administration of Criminal Justice Bill to the State House of Assembly for necessary legislative considerations, adding that the clamour for a shift to Community Based Services for less civil cases, was consequent upon the need to decongest prisons formations.

“We want to shift emphasis to community sentencing reforms in terms of taking retribution, we want to begin to look at how we can make the community safe with a view to engaging our people to contribute their quota to the development of the State’”, the commissioner said.

He however commended the Corps for instilling discipline and curbing hooliganism among school children in the state.

Furthermore, he complemented the government’s efforts on security, saying that the Ibikunle Amosun led-administration places high premium on security of lives and property and “Without good security, growth becomes a mirage,” he added.

Speaking earlier, the Corps’ Deputy State Commandant (Administration), Mr Olufemi Akinyemi, stated that the visit was meant to familiarise and synergize with the Ministry of Justice on a legal framework towards functioning inter-dependently with other security agencies across the state.

Akinyemi, said the organisation under his supervision, had been able to curb social vices among school children since the commencement of operations in the state.

Ogun Students Protest Against ‘Outrageous Fees’

Ogun Students Protest Against 'Outrageous Fees'Students of the Ogun state-owned Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun have staged a peaceful protest against what they termed outrageous fees being paid by students of the institution.

The protesting students in their hundreds stormed Abeokuta, the state capital, saying that the lofty ideas of the institution’s founding fathers are under serious threat with the alleged high-handedness of the management of the institution.

The students opposed increase in acceptance fee of new intakes from N30,000 to N40,000; final clearance fee for graduating students from N25, 000 to N45,000; increase in vocational studies fees from N1,000 to N25,000; payment of N10,200 as Student Tax; N7,500 as payment for replacement of lost final clearance and N1,500 fee for any reprint of school fees receipt.

In a letter of protest addressed to the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, the students identified victimization of students’ activists, inadequate learning facilities, under-funding of the school by the state government, inadequate learning facilities as some of the challenges confronting the school.

The letter reads partly, “Education is supposed to be the leading social responsibility of the government. It is supposed to be seen as the major way of giving back to the society, but has turned to source of income and revenue for some people. Education is totally commercialized in TASUED. You pay for everything!

“As a result of several complaints and cries from the students, the leadership of the students’ Union government tried all they could to engage the school management to look into our plights in view of the present economic reality in the country and see ways of managing the situation at hand.”

Addressing the students at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in the state capital, Governor Ibikunle Amosun asked them to show more understanding and cooperation with government, especially in the face of the current economic recession in the country

”in Ogun state, education is free from primary to secondary but not free in our tertiary institutions and if you  want your certificate to be worthwhile, you have to pay.

“It cannot be totally free, if you don’t want to pay, that means you may not get the type of education you rightly deserve,” he noted

The Governor, however, promised to liaise with the institution’s management with the view of getting a way out of some of the challenges confronting the students.

Amosun Vows To Enforce Law Against Kidnapping

Amosun Vows To Enforce Law Against KidnappingThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has asked Nigerians to raise their voices against the menace of kidnapping which has continued to give the country a bad name.

He has asked security operatives to be more proactive in this direction.

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the state capital when the Assistant Inspector General of Police paid him a visit in his office in the state capital.

The Governor promised to enforce the law of the state against kidnappers and other criminal tendencies, saying that the state will no longer be a comfort zone for criminals and criminality.

“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 even if we 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

“We will do all within our capacity, within the law to ensure the perpetrators of this evil act are brought to book

“Apart from giving us bad name, they are traumatizing families and they are sending wrong signals. We want to be in the front pages of newspapers for right things not for wrong reasons, that is why we are ready for them; to get rid of these criminals,” he said.

While giving an update on the abductees at the Turkish International College, Isheri in Ogun state, the newly posted AIG, Kayode Aderanti, gave the assurance that operatives were closing up on the abductors.

“I had the signal that the abducted children were about to be released, I had to move back to Lagos with the state commissioner of police, I came back this morning.

“I know how passionate you are about it. My intention was to present those children to you this morning but we could not make it happen.

“Our men are really working towards that, I spoke with them and they assured me that things are working well,” he concluded.