Ogun Launches Araya Scale Up Health Scheme

Araya Scale Up, Ibikunle Adekunle, Ogun StateThe Ogun State Government, has declared open a new health scheme christened “Araya Scale Up”, meant to provide affordable health care service delivery to residents of the state.

At a ceremony held at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, reiterated the commitment of his administration towards providing the much needed political will to sustain the programme.

According to Mr Amosun, who led the distribution of the card for the scheme, said the community based insurance scheme remained free for a particular set of people and the elderly, while other categories of beneficiaries are expected to pay a token to access the programme.

The occasion attracted pregnant women, nursing mothers, traditional rulers from several local government areas in the state.

Giving his remarks at the event, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr Femi Akingbade, who represented the Minister of Health commended the initiative by the state government.

He gave assurances that the federal government would continue to support it.

The programme was initiated and launched by the state in 2014 with its presence in eight local government areas of the state and is being scaled up to make it more efficient for effective service delivery.

Amosun Launches Health Insurance Scheme In Ogun

Araya Scale Up, Ibikunle Adekunle, Ogun StateGovernor Ibikunle Amosun has flagged off a new health insurance scheme in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The community based health insurance scheme tagged “Araya Scale Up” is meant to provide affordable healthcare service delivery to residents of the state

The launching took place on Monday at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Governor Amosun reiterated the commitment of his administration towards providing the much needed political will to sustain the programme.

Leading the distribution of the card for the scheme, the Governor said that the programme remains free for pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly.

However, he explained that other categories of beneficiaries were expected to pay a token of 4,000 Naira to enjoy a full package of the insurance scheme for one year.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye, also urged the beneficiaries to maximise the benefits of the programme.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr Femi Akingbade, who represented the Minister of Health, commended the bold initiative by the state government.

He pledged the Federal Government’s continual support for the initiative.

Life’s Been Difficult Since MKO Abiola Died – Brother

MKO AbiolaYounger brother of the late MKO Abiola, Muritala Abiola, says life has not been easy for the family since the death of their bread winner.

Mr Abiola spoke to journalists after a prayer session which held at the family house of the late business mogul in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, South West Nigeria.

The event was to mark the 23rd anniversary of the June 12 presidential election, widely acclaimed to be the freest and fairest in the country’s history.

The poll is believed to have been won by business mogul and philanthropist, Chief Moshood Abiola but was annulled by the then military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Chief Abiola later died in custody on July 7, 1998 following his arrest and detention by the regime of General Sani Abacha, for attempting to actualise his mandate.

“We feel the impact of his death because he was the breadwinner of the family – everyone of us, up to the aged people.

“But since he has died now, everything has been going down,” he said.

The family would also want the federal government to declare the late Abiola posthumously as the winner of that election.

The prayer session was preceded by a walk organized by the state government.

From its take-off point at the June 12 Cultural Centre, through major streets of the state, the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, led other members of the State Executive Council on the walk which lasted for about two hours and terminated at the family house of the late MKO Abiola.

Addressing family members, Islamic clerics and members of the State Executive Council and other dignitaries, Mrs Onanuga commended the doggedness of the late MKO Abiola, saying that his resilience has brought about the current democratic experience in the country

Speaking on behalf of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, she reiterated the commitment of the state government towards sustaining events that would continue to keep the day in the minds of Ogun residents.

 

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.