Federal Government Not Competing With Any State – Fashola

Federal Government Not Competing With Any State – FasholaThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the Federal Government is not competing with any state but rather working relentlessly to complement and support them to blossom for maximum development.

Mr Fashola who gave this assurance during his one day working visit to Oyo state, said some abandoned road projects in the state have been revived, with contractors working on site.

He added that his ministry would do all possible to ensure that the 1,156 km of federal roads in Oyo state are put in good condition.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on the other hand, expressed his delight at the visit, noting that the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the most strategic partners for the state in the quest for greater development.

The governor underscored the significance of infrastructural provision as the pedestal for agricultural projections of the state which is targeted at producing sufficient food for the entire south west region of the country.

Also speaking, the Controller of Works in the south west for Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engr. Omerekpe, explained that Mr Faola’s visit became imperative as 11 federal road projects had commenced in the state.

He also appealed to the governor to allow the state return to the Federal Housing Fund Scheme.

Gov. Ajimobi in response, promised that the request from the ministry for 10 more hectares of land for housing projects has been granted and would be perfected in the coming weeks.

“We are open to greater collaboration with Federal Government agents in Oyo state.

“In fact, I expect visits from them as soon as possible so that we can leverage mutually on existing opportunities,” he added.

Mr Fashola, however, stated that all necessary papers were being processed to ensure reimbursement of all outstanding payments to Oyo state for all projects on federal roads.

Ajimobi Inaugurates N300m ICT Service Centre In Ibadan

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In Oyo
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has inaugurated a 300million Naira Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Data and Service Centre in Ibadan.

The centre which was facilitated by the Chairman House Committee on Telecommunications, Hon. Saheed Fijabi, says the Oyo state College of Health Science and Technology in Ibadan was constructed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), with the support of Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

Gov. Ajimobi said the ICT centre would contribute immensely to human capital development in the state and Nigeria by extension.

He stated that the ICT was very essential, adding that it provided the people with the intellectual leverage required in all human endeavour.

“ICT holds the longest value chain in all profession. The richest people today across the world engage in ICT activities.

“The illiterates of today are not those who cannot read and write but those who don’t have knowledge of ICT.

“Nigerians are very intelligent people and professionals but they lack the right attitude to work”, he said.

He counseled the students of the school to make good use of the opportunity availed them by the centre, adding that the state government has upgraded the school into a college.

Ajimobi admonished the students to be more committed to their studies, saying the only reward to appreciate the opportunities was success which would only come through hard work.

He commended Hon. Fijabi for his immense contributions to the development of the state, adding that he was one of the best representatives of the state.

Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH) said that they would continue to give their support to ensure that goals for youth development are actualised.

Earlier, Hon. Fijabi said that the project was facilitated to enhance the core functions of teaching, learning and research application through ICT
He said that the centre was in tune with the vision of the state government to development ICT in the state.

“This project will serve as backbone for teaching, learning, research and services.

“We have also facilitated these type of projects and others across the state.

“I like to inform you that a maternity centre is presently under construction at Orita-Merin.

“The maternity centre on completion is expected to provide affordable and sound health care services to the people. I have also sponsored several motions and bills,” he said.

Hon. Fijabi also commended the governor for the role he played in his emergence for a second term, pledging his unalloyed loyalty to Ajimobi.

Mr. Siji Ganiyu, the Provost of the institution commended the governor and Fijabi for their immense contributions to the institution.

Ganiyu, who expressed deep appreciation for the centre, promised that the ICT centre would be efficiently and effectively managed to fulfill its purpose.

Entrepreneurs Advised To Focus On Value Creation

enterprenursBudding entrepreneurs have been advised to focus on value creation in their businesses, in order to realise their dreams.

The message was given at the conference for emerging entrepreneurs organised by the Field of Skills and Dreams in collaboration with the US Mission in Nigeria.

At the event, entrepreneurship experiences were shared by the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, the Chief Executive of Sahara Group, Mr Tonye Cole and the Managing Director of Mainone Cable, Funke Opeke.

Sharing his start-up experience of over 22 years ago, Mr Momoh explained how building a network based on trust, became the thrust for the establishment of Channels Television.

The Media Magnate and founder of 11 times Award Winning Television Station advised the entrepreneurs to take profit-making as a bye product of a good business and not the focus.

Other dignitaries at the conference were the Consular General of the US Consulate, Mr John Bray and the Chief Executive of W-FM, Mrs Toun Okewale-Sonaiya.

Niger Govt. Approves 2.06Billion Naira To Pay Pensioners

niger_state_robberyThe Niger state government has approved the release of 2.06billion Naira for pensioners under the old pension scheme.

Niger state Head of Service, Mr. Yabagi Sule and the Director General Niger state Pension Board, Hon. Usman Muhammad, made the disclosure in separate addresses at the opening of a two day workshop for management and staff of the State Pension Board.

The Head of Service who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Human Resources, Mr. Yahaya Abubakar, said the 8billion Naira was domiciled with the National Pension Commission.

He described the contributory pension scheme as very germane in the whole pension business because it touches the lives of retirees.

He added that the misconceptions about the CPS is as a result of lack of training which he said the workshop was designed to arrest.

Mr. Abubakar, however, hinted that a new pension law that would ensure regular payment of pension and gratuities but did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, Hon. Mohammad made it known that over 1000 retirees had been paid over 1billion Naira while another batch of 569 retirees would be paid any moment from now.

He noted that the state and local government pensioners have been receiving their monthly pensions promptly because the governor has instructed that it should be a first line charge.

He assured that all matters “standing against the CPS will be dealt with very soon, we will have a clearer picture of it not too long from now”.

No Record Of Polio Outbreak In Seven Years – Oyo Govt.

Polio, sokoto stateThe Oyo State Government has revealed that efforts towards the eradication of polio in the state has yielded positive results and is still yielding fruits, adding that the state has not recorded any polio outbreak for the past seven years.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan made this known over the weekend, during the flag off of the first round of the 2017 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), held at the secretariat of Oyo west local Government, Ojongbodu, Oyo town.

Dr. Adeduntan stated that the State Government would scale up the collaboration between the state and local governments to ensure that immunization services reach every child in the state, stressing that the government is set to make immunization services the right of every child and not a privilege.

The Commissioner explained that the NIPDs campaign was not only on eradication of polio but on all vaccine preventable diseases, noting that children are most susceptible to infections during the early childhood years.

According to him, the National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), is a supplemental immunization campaign geared to ensure herd immunity among children under five years against poliomyelitis and towards the eradication of the disease in Nigeria.

Dr. Adeduntan urged mothers to make their children from ages 0-5 years available for the first round of immunization between March 25 and 28, 2017, explaining that it has been scientifically proven that immunization does not kill or affect children negatively against the backdrop of some cultural belief.

He called on all mothers to make sure they complete all stipulated immunization from birth for their children so that the efforts of the State government will not be fruitless.

“The intervention and target age group includes women of child bearing ages against tetanus and health promotion, children of 0-59 months for oral polio and all missed routine antigens and children of 0-11 months for due and missed routine antigens”, Dr. Adeduntan stressed.

Oyo Govt. Sets Up Agency For Planning, Development Control

oyo-stateThe Oyo State Government, has set up a Bureau of Planning and Development Control, to fast track the ongoing infrastructural development and urbanisation of the state, as an integral part of the modernization efforts by the state governor.

The bureau would also be tasked with eliminating indiscriminate and illegal physical development across the state.

This was disclosed on Monday at a press briefing by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, at the end of the State Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office Exco Chambers, Ibadan, the state capital.

Mr. Arulogun explained that the Bureau was established to step up the modernization of the physical landscape of the state, noting that the Bureau would operate as an enforcement agent for the controlled physical development of Oyo State.

He said that the government had to cut out bureaucratic bottlenecks in order to achieve more physical development projects, adding that the bureau was set up to create a more efficient process of turning around the physical landscape in the State.

“At the end of today’s State executive council meeting, the council decided after deliberations to create the ‘Bureau of Planning and Development Control’ with a view to embark on more physical developmental and control projects which would add more aesthetic value to the environment in the state.

“There is the urgent need to create an agency that will be reporting directly to the Governor. The agency will perform its roles and functions outside any ministry. The government is desirous of a department that will be more efficient in guiding development in the state.

“There is the need to conclude all projects that will change the face of the state for both the internal and external public. This is in line with Gov Ajimobi’s restoration, transformation and repositioning agenda of the administration.

The commissioner noted that the government will soon have its master plan, saying “the state government is collaborating with the World bank to have a master plan for the state. The government is also embarking on the Geographical Information System (GIS) project to have a proper geographical mapping for the state.”

He also hinted that the agency, which will be headed by a Director General, would also work towards improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the State from the physical planning sector, stating that the Ministry of Justice had been mandated to give the agency the needed legal backing.

“The major reason for creating the agency, was to give more bite to the efforts of the administration in effecting a turnaround, in our physical development. We want it to be more efficient.”

The Commissioner said there would be no need for recruitment or procurement of building and furniture for the agency that would become additional costs for the government, adding that the staffers under the concerned ministries and their offices would be used by the bureau.

Eight School Children Killed In Japanese Avalanche

japanese-avalancheEight Japanese high school students are feared dead, after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort.

The avalanche which occurred near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, injured over 30 people.

According to Japan’s news agency, about 70 people including students and teachers from several schools were in the area at the time of the avalanche.

The children were taking part in a large scale mountain climbing event involving seven schools.

The area around the town of Nasu has several ski resorts and the region has received heavy snow over the past two days and avalanche warnings had been in effect.

However, rescue efforts are under way but bad weather and heavy snowfall have hampered the operation.

NIFAAS To Help Farmers In Nasarawa Familiarise With Modern Techniques

nasarawa-3The Nigeria Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS), has taken steps to help extension workers in Nasarawa state familiarize with modern agricultural trends, to enable them step down knowledge to rural farmers.

To this end, an Information Communication Technology, ICT workshop was organised for the farmers in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

According to the forum, the agricultural sector has now taken a technological dimension hence the need to introduce the development to farmers.

Speaking at the workshop, National Vice President of the Forum, Dele Tologbo, said it has become imperative for extension workers to update them in ICT, so as to be able to compete with their contemporaries in the agricultural sector.

“The reason for this workshop is to enhance how to be efficient with regards to your work, how to do the work better and how to transfer the knowledge to the farmers in order to improve the value chain with the new current demand all over the world”

He said membership with the forum will enable farmers access grants for research and increase versatility on the sector, through internet interaction with agricultural experts globally and among others.

The programme manager of Nasarawa Agricultural Development Program (NADP), Stephen Kpama, noted that the workshop would go a long way in broadening the horizon of extension workers on best agricultural practices.

“This is the right thing to do for us to know better on how to deal with our farmers since the extension workers are the link to the rural farmers”

He further urged them to transfer the knowledge gained to farmers and reiterated that the era of analogue agricultural practices no longer exist.

The participants sued for sustenance of such programs, noting that it has opened their eyes to modern techniques.

Kaduna APC Passes Vote of Confidence On Buhari, El-Rufai

APC National Chairman Assures Citizens Of Stable LeadershipThe enlarged caucus of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Kaduna state, has passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai for their policy directions and style of governance.

These were parts of resolutions reached at the end of a meeting of the state caucus, held in the state capital.

The essence of the meeting was to appraise the performance of the APC led administration in delivering good governance to the people in the state, and discuss issues facing the party and how to move it forward.

The caucus dismissed insinuations that there was division among its members, but insisted that they are united and therefore won’t be distracted by those who hide under guise of criticism to pull down the APC government in the state.

In attendance at the meeting are all the major stakeholders of the party in the state including members of the state exco of the party, Governor El-Rufai and his deputy, Bala Bantex, Speaker of the Kaduna state House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali, the Senator representing Kaduna North, Otman Hunkuyi, National Assembly Members as well as local government and ward executives among others.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, governor El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Political Matters and Inter Governmental relations, Uba Sani, maintained that the era of paying or rewarding blackmailers is over in the state, saying the Kaduna APC has no division or faction.

Sani, stressed that the present government under governor El-Rufai, is transforming the state and not to share money to politicians who criticize or blackmail for settlements.

“Kaduna state APC caucus meeting was well attended by governor Nasir El-Rufai, Deputy governor, Bala Yusuf Bantex, Senator representing Kaduna North zone, Suleiman Hunkuyi, the entire State House of Assembly leadership and members.

“All members of the caucus are here. We discussed the progress of our party and all our discussions went well.

“In Kaduna state, we have only one APC, we discussed on how to reposition the party for service delivery to the people of Kaduna State”, Sani expressed.

The stakeholders, including Speaker of Kaduna state House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali, said that they would remain united and ensure that the APC emerges victorious in the forthcoming local government election slated for July 2017.

They also commended governor El-Rufai for his memo to President Buhari which they note was done in good faith and aimed at moving the nation forward.

“Our elders also gave us useful suggestions; we don’t have any faction or division in Kaduna State APC.

“Our party leadership at ward level to state is intact, so we don’t have faction. You know this government does not settle or pay people for settlements. We are not going to settle anybody who disagrees or criticize the government.

“The governor has told us clearly and he was elected to develop Kaduna State and not to share money. In Kaduna State, even a blind man knows that there is transformation going on in the state”.

With four months to the local government election in the state, stakeholders at this meeting said they would not be distracted by any group whose interest would be to cause crisis in the party.

Edo Govt. To Partner With NIW Towards Welding

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government, has agreed to partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW), towards a fabrication village in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the institute on a working visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

Obaseki lauded the institute for its numerous achievements in the areas of welding and fabrication, adding that the state would cash in on its technologies and vocational initiatives to create a fabrication village in the state.

He said, the fabrication village would be situated near a power generation station which would also allow for small and medium scale businesses to thrive contributing to economic growth.

“We are repositioning our state and NIW is a key plank for this revolution.

“Edo would like to go into a Memorandum of Understanding with the institute on how to accomplish a fabrication village.

“We have registered about 40,000 in our database for unemployed youths in the state”. Obaseki stated.

Obaseki further stressed that the government has plans to promote entrepreneurship among the youths.

“We will select those who are interested in welding and train them.

“We believe that when they have gone through the training and start their own welding business, it will tame the quest to travel abroad in search for greener pasture”, he stated.

The head of NIW delegation, Dr. Solomon Edeberi, said the body is seeking cooperation from the state government, in areas of a fabrication yard and overall industrialization of the state.

He maintained that a fabrication village in the state will boost job creation and promote a clean environment.

Obiano Tasks Anambra Judges On Speedy Dispensation Of Justice

Willie Obiano, Boundary Dispute, EnuguThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has appealed to the 28 High Court Judges and the four Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal, to assist in ensuring speedy dispensation of justice in cases being brought before them in the state.

The governor stated this during the swearing in of two High Court Judges at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, where he expressed worry that over 75 percent of inmates in prisons across the state are all on awaiting trial list.

A former Chief Registrar, Mrs. Ngozi Oyeka and a Private Legal Practitioner, Mr. Sylvester Odili, were the two newly judges sworn in, bringing to 28 number of High Court Judges in Anambra state.

Addressing the newly appointed judges, the governor stated that the appointment would help to reposition the state judiciary to effectively address the problem of delayed dispensation of justice.

“I am very proud of this day because in three years of my administration, I was able to bring the judges rank to ten.

“I stand to be corrected if any other governor has had the privilege of signing the certificates of that number of judges in three years.

“This is a landmark achievement and therefore we expect that with your number, now 32, including the judges of the Customary Court of Appeal, so with this massive number, I expect that the challenges we are having with awaiting trial will be solved significantly.

“Over 75 percent of our prisons are occupied by people awaiting trial.

“It is not the fault of judges alone, we are also re-organizing the Police Department of Prosecution to be up to beat in respect of the document they bring to the court”, the governor lamented.

Responding to the appointment, one of the newly appointed Judges, Mrs. Oyeka, expressed delight at the appointment and assured that as a call to service, they would discharge their duties with diligence and commitment.

However, the governor, also assured of the state government working out measures with the police to expedite action in the preparation of case documents, to enable the courts to have clear evidences that will support prompt dispatch off cases before them.