Ogun Govt. Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods

ogun-rainThe Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

FG Commissions Hydrocarbon Plant In Ogun State

Hydrocarbon-plantThe Nigerian government has commissioned a Hydrocarbon plant in Ikenne, Ogun State, to produce high grade Hydrocarbon refrigerants which are to be used in the Refrigerants Services sectors.

The plant was built in a renewed effort to ensure the phasing out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the year 2040 in line with Montreal Protocol agreement on Substances that Deplete the Ozone layer to which Nigeria is a party.

At the commissioning of the plant, the Minister of State for Environment, Mr Ibrahim Jibril, said that the plant would greatly mitigate the negative consequences on Nigeria’s ecological system and human health occasioned by the use of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

He stated that the first stage implementation of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP), which commenced in 2011, was expected to be completed before the end of the year.

“The hydrocarbon pilot project is one of the main components of the project and it is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of replacing the current use of HCFCs refrigerant in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) sector with the Hydrocarbon refrigerant-based technology,” Mr Jibril explained.

The Minister further said that the ministry would ensure that stakeholders in the sector nationwide would be properly trained in the use of the new technology.

Mr Jibril stated that economic development had largely been unsustainable because it had been supported by the use of hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals which unfortunately were damaging the ecosystem and harmful to human health.

He maintained that, with the commissioning of the plant, there would be a remarkable economic development, as the project had the potential of creating jobs, providing foreign exchange and building local capacity to produce energy efficient low Global warming Potential (GWPs) gases among other benefits.

The Minister further called on the private sector to invest in the operation and marketing of the hydrocarbon refrigerants products, stressing that the Government was considering harnessing the products of the Hydrocarbon plant (Butane), as a source of clean fuel for cooking and an alternative for firewood.

Estate, School In Ogun Named After HID Awolowo

Gov. Amosun Names Estate, Model School After HID AwolowoThe Ogun State Government has named the Plainfield Estate in Abeokuta, the state’s capital and one of the 15 model schools in Ikenne after the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Hannah Awolowo.

The State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, made the disclosure at an event organised by the State Government, held at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu on Monday.

The Governor said that he named the school and estate after Mrs Awolowo, as part of events lined up for the final burial ceremony of the wife of the late Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo.

Addressing dignitaries, market men and women, artisans, clergymen, family members and political associates, who attended the event, Governor Amosun reiterated his administration’s resolve to use the legacies left behind by late Mrs Awolowo in the administration of good governance and effective service delivery.

Late Mrs Awolowo, who died on September 19, 2015, is expected to be interred at the Awolowo family house in Ikenne, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state on November 25, 2015.

Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID Awolowo

Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID AwolowoOgun State Governor, Ibikule Amosun, has received the remains of the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo.

The vestiges of the late HID has finally berthed on the soil of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria on Monday, as the Governor received her body at the Sagamu interchange in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking in company of members of the State Executive Council and members of the Awolowo family, Governor Amosun eulogised the virtues of the late jewel of inestimable value.

Born November 25, 1915, Mama Awolowo died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.

A committee set up to see to her burial had earlier announced that the late Yeye Oodua would be finally buried on the occasion of her posthumous Centenary birthday anniversary on November 25, at the Awolowo family house in Ikenne.

According to the family, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, that of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, as well as 60 other Anglican Bishops are among several other ministers of God billed to participate in the 11-day burial programme culminating in the final internment of the late HID Awolowo.

Family Announces Burial Date For HID Awolowo

HID AwolowoThe family of the late Mr Obafemi Awolowo has unveiled the burial arrangement for the burial of the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo.

Born November 25, 1915, Mama Awolowo died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.

Addressing a press conference on Friday at the residence of the late sage in Ikenne in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria, the HID Awolowo Burial Central Planning Committee said that the late Yeye Oodua would be finally buried on the occasion of her posthumous Centenary birthday anniversary on November 25.

As the Chief Mourner, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, revealed that the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration, had dispatched correspondences to all the 35 State Governors across Nigeria, to officially inform them of Mama Awolowo’s passage as well as to invite them to join in the internment.

Adeoluwa, who hinted that the office of the Ogun SSG had done same, said that the State government was still expecting the Presidency to intimate the committee of the list of Heads of government of other countries that had been invited for the burial.

Former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands and second daughter of the family, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, gave the vivid breakdown of the 11-days burial activities of the late patriarch of the Awolowo dynasty which would commence from November 15 till 25.

Mama Awolowo’s corpse will be lying in state at the Tribune House in the Imole F’alaafia area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on November 17 to commemorate the 66th year anniversary of the founding of the newspaper organisation which she chaired till death.

Dosunmu-Awolowo further stated that a book, the biography which chronicled the life and times of the late matriarch of Awolowo dynasty would be presented to the Nigerian reading public in Ibadan the following day among several other lying in state ceremonies for Mama Awolowo in Ibadan, Lagos and Ikenne.

She also said that the burial planning committee had evolved a special traffic control measure which would restrict vehicular movement from entering Ikenne Township. According to her, special transportation arrangement has been made to convey guests from the outskirts to the township, particularly the 690-sitting-capacity Our Saviour’s Anglican Church where the church service would take place.

The former Ambassador appealed to Nigerians to show understanding and support for the family over the burial arrangement for the late Yeye Oodua.

According to the family, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, that of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, as well as 60 other Anglican Bishops are among several other ministers of God billed to participate in the 11-days burial programmes culminating in the final internment of the late Yeye Oodua.

The two daughters of the family, Reverend Omotola Oyediran, Ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, a Federal government’s representative, who is a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs are part of the burial planning committee.

Senate Receives Second Batch of Ministerial Nominees’ List

ministerial nomineesThe second batch of President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of ministerial nominees has been presented to the Nigerian Senate.

The Senate announced this via its Twitter handle on Monday afternoon.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, who was accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang and his counterpart for the House Of Representatives, Honorable Suleiman Kawu, handed over the letter to the Senate President at exactly 4:24 pm.

The letter was sealed and would only be opened by the Senate President at the plenary on Tuesday.

The first list of 21 ministerial nominees was sent to the Senate on September 30. 16 names are said to be on this second batch.


Senate President Promises Fairness In Screening Ministerial Nominees

Ministerial NomineesNigeria Senate President, Dr. Olubukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians of a level playing ground in the screening of the ministerial nominees forwarded to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari without compromising the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He made the promise in Ikenne, Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, South West Nigeria while leading a 6-man delegation of the upper chamber to the home of the former Premier of the old Western Region, late Obafemi Awolowo on the demise of the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs HID Awolowo.

The Senate President also affirmed that it would not be business as usual as the Senate is poised to ensure competent hands are appointed to invigorate the current effort of the federal government in the task of putting the country on the path to socioeconomic development.

APC Wins 17 House Of Assembly Seats In Ogun State

imo-APCOgun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won 17 out of the 26 seats in the Ogun State House of Assembly elections held on Saturday.

In the election results made available to media by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won nine seats.

The APC won in Obafemi-Owode, Abeokuta South I, Ewekoro, Abeokuta South II, Abeokuta North, Ikenne, Odeda, Remo-North, Ijebu-North II, Sagamu I, Odogbolu, Ifo I, Ifo II, Ado-Odo/Ota I, Ado-Odo/Ota II, Ogun Waterside, Egbado North I state constituencies.

The PDP won in Egbado II, Imeko-Afon, Egbado South, Ipokia/Idiroko, Ijebu-North I, Sagamu II and Egbado North II state constituencies.

The APC which had 13 members in the state House of Assembly however, returned eleven lawmakers with the House’s Deputy Speaker, Hon Tola Banjo not returned.

The Governor and APC governorship candidate in Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, was declared winner of the 2015 elections in Ogun State on Sunday morning.

The INEC Returning Officer who announced the result in Abeokuta, the state capital, said Mr Amosun clinched 306,988 votes, while Mr. Gboyega Isiaka of the PDP had 201,440 votes.

Ogun Police Arrests 20 Suspected Cultists

Police dispatchThe Ogun State Police Command has arrested 20 teenagers in Iperu and Sagamu communities located in Ikenne and Sagamu Local Government Areas of the state, during an initiation process into ‘Eye’ confraternity, a secret cult.

The teenagers were paraded by the State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, at the state police headquarters.

Others paraded included a middle aged trainee Reverend Father, Ndubuisi Ignasius, who allegedly robbed a man of N3.7 million at Agbara area of the state.

Mr Ikemefuna Okoyo assured residents of the state of adequate security of life and property but challenged them to give useful information to the police on hideouts of criminals, in order to reduce crime rates in the state.


Yoruba Forum Claims Marginalisation, Calls Jonathan To Fix It

The Yoruba Unity Forum, led by the chairman and matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo has accused the current political dispensation of marginalising the Yourba ethnic group and have now called on President Goodluck Jonathan to fix the situation.

At the general meeting of the forum, held at the Efunyela hall in Ikenne, Ogun state in south west Nigeria, Mrs Awolowo challenged traditional rulers and political leaders of Yoruba extraction, not to allow their personal interests to override the collective interest of the race in the quest to remain relevant in the socio-economic and political setting of the country.

The meeting aimed as another avenue towards forging a common ground to achieve the much needed peace and harmony among the Yorubas, was attended by major Yoruba leaders including the former deputy governor of Lagos and former governor of Ogun state, Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor Akerele, Mr Gbenga Daniel as well as traditional rulers from the ethnic group.

The former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel while commending the steps being taken by Yoruba leaders towards ensuring unity of purpose among the Yorubas, charged them to take their destinies in their hands if the race is to remain relevant in the scheme of things in the country.

The highpoint of the general meeting was the ratification and adoption of the constitution of the forum which is expected to form the guiding principles of the forum towards achieving its aims and objectives.