Ajimobi Inaugurates New Caretaker Chairmen In Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has assured the people of the state that elections into the 33 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) will be held as soon as the suit against it is settled.

Governor Ajimobi said this while inaugurating the Caretaker Chairmen for the LGAs and LCDAs in the state at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

An Abuja High Court presided over by Justice John Tsoho had in January 2017, ordered the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) not to proceed with its plan to conduct the elections earlier slated for February 11.

The order was sequel to a motion ex-parte filed on behalf of 16 Baales (traditional rulers) from Oyo Federal Constituency through their lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji, pursuant to the creation of 35 LCDAs in the state.

The Governor, however, noted at the inauguration ceremony that the polls would hold as soon as the case is settled.

“The day the court case is settled is the day we will announce the date of election. The only advantage you have now, as you have been sworn in, is that you can quickly do things that will endear you to your people before the elections.

“You are caretakers holding forth for others and your tenure is temporary, so be rest assured that your good work will be your certificate of retention. If you fail to work well, we will remove you,” he said on Friday.

Ajimobi further advised the new council bosses not to see their appointment as an opportunity for them to enrich their pockets with public funds.

He reminded them of their pledged to be faithful with tenets of governance, as well as adhere to the rule of law and the principle of confidentiality.

“There is a lot of satisfaction in public service, especially when you serve those in real need of it at the grassroots. A leader must not only visualise, he must also have the courage to reject what is wrong.

“Remember the oath of allegiance you just took which has to do with faithfulness, your action must be according to the law. Act without fear or favour, and do everything in adherence to the principle of confidentiality,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of appointees, Mr Bosun Ajuwon of Ibadan North-West LGA expressed appreciation to the Governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the trust reposed in them.

He promised that the new caretaker chairmen would deliver on the promises of the Ajimobi-led administration, to ensure a better life for the people at the grassroots.

VSF To Assist 12,000 Pupils In Adamawa State

VSF To Assist 12,000 Pupils In Adamawa StateThe Victims Support Fund (VSF) says it will assist 12,000 pupils and 31 schools under its education empowerment programme in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) affected by insurgency in Adamawa State.

The Executive Director of VSF, Professor Sunday Ochoche, made this known while flagging-off the second phase of the distribution of educational materials to beneficiaries in Garkida town in Gombi Local Government Area of the state.

Professor Ochoche explained that the development is aimed at creating an enabling environment for accelerated development in the region, listing the LGAs selected for the second phase to include Gombi, Maiha and Michika.

He said under the first phase in 2016, 7,000 pupils benefitted from 13 schools in Hong, Mubi North and Mubi South LGAs of the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, who represented Governor Mohammed Jibrilla at the event, lauded VSF’s various interventions in the education sector and assured the Fund of the Governor’s maximum support.

Professor Farauta expressed optimism that the gesture would be a boost to government’s recent declaration of state of emergency on education in Adamawa State.

On his part, a stakeholder at the event, Ahmed Dadah, expressed gratitude to the VSF and other Non-Governmental Organisations for their support.

Highlight of the occasion was the distribution of school bags, sandals, text and exercise books among other materials to pupils of Garkida ‘C’ Primary School.

OGSIEC Fixes October 8 For Ogun LG Elections

OGSIEC, Elections, OgunThe Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has announced October 8 for the conduct of the Local Government (LG) elections in the state.

The Chairperson of the OGSIEC, Mrs Risikat Ogunfemi, made the disclosure at a media briefing held at the commission’s office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in southwest Nigeria.

She added that the commission would also conduct elections into the 37 newly created Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) across the 20 local government areas.

Mrs Ogunfemi assured political parties and politicians of a level playing field in the conduct of the elections to the third tier of government.

However, she admonished politicians to play by the rules of the game, just as she asked youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used as instrument of violence by politicians.

Controversy Trails Plateau LGC Dissolution

Simon-Lalong-PlateauFollowing the dissolution of the Plateau Local Government Council (LGC) Executives by the state governor, Simon Lalong, the sacked Chairmen have been directed to hand over to directors of personnel in the various Local Government Councils.

The affected officers have been contesting the termination of their tenure which is just half way.

Since the dissolution of the elected Chairmen and Councillors in 15 of the 17 Local Government Areas (LGA) in the state, activities in the various councils have been disrupted and non-functional with the decision attracting protests and rally to the state House of Assembly and the Police Command, to express their disagreement on the issue.

After securing an order from Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Jos, the Plateau State capital, for stay of execution on the governor not to dissolve the local government officials, the Association of Local Government Of Nigeria (ALGON), Plateau State Chapter, also visited the Police Commissioner, Nasiru Oki, to express their concern on the matter.

Reports says that the controversy still raging the House of Assembly had a rowdy session when the issue of Caretaker Committee for the councils were opposed by some members.

The governor however insisted that the LG Chairmen, as well as the Councillors remain dissolved according to the laws guiding LG in the state.

Though the Chairmen were prevented from entering their offices, the Police Commissioner in the state denied passing such instructions to the Divisional Police officers (DPO).

INEC, Kaduna Residents Ready For Saturday Polls

political parties in KadunaKaduna State residents have expressed their readiness to exercise their franchise and elect leaders of their choice in the governorship election of April 11.

They have also expressed the hope that the exercise will be safe and peaceful.

Meanwhile, despite the tension being generated by the coming election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that the polls would be peaceful.

Kaduna State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Hussain Mahuta, told Channels Television that the commission had taken steps to rectify lapses noted during the Presidential and National Assembly elections of March 28.

He identified the challenges experienced to include late arrival of election materials, failure of the smart card reader in some places and delayed voting. According to him, measures had been taken to strengthen security at polling stations.

Mr. Mahuta further stated that all sensitive and non-sensitive materials had been distributed to the 23 local government areas of the state to ensure that accreditation and voting commence on schedule.

Though predicted massive violence at the polls did not occur during the last election, residents of the state capital have stockpiled foodstuff in case of any unfortunate situation.

They are of the opinion, however, that the real test of Nigeria’s democratic process would come this weekend.

Most of the voters, who registered in their villages, had already traveled, while those in the city are preparing and praying for credible elections.

Governor Wada Distributes Ambulances To LGs

The Kogi State Government has distributed seven ambulances under the Millennium Development Goal programme to enhance health services in four Local Government Areas.

At the ceremony held in the Government House in Lokoja, Governor Idris Wada explained that the gesture was part of his administration’s plans to expand health delivery services at the grassroots.

In his key note address, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Kogi State on MDG, Yunusa Nasir, disclosed that the presentation became possible after the state government had paid the year 2012 counterpart fund for the four local governments.

He stated that his office has been able to use the fund judiciously, as some other projects were also executed in the said local governments, stating that the state government is on the move to also pay the 2013 counterpart fund.

While commissioning the project, Governor Wada noted that his administration is taking human index very seriously mostly at the rural areas.  He admonished the benefiting local government chairmen to treat the ambulances like their valued properties. He also sounded a note of warning that the ambulances should not be used for private purposes.

The local governments to benefit from this gesture of ambulances are Kogi, Igalamela, Bassa and Okehi local governments.

Present at the presentation ceremony were members of the State Executive Council, the beneficiary local government chairmen and their staff; the special adviser MDG and some members of his staff.

Osun LGAs Flag Off N16.62b Road Project

The Osun state government has flagged off the construction of 218 kilometre road project at the cost of N16.62 billion. 

The roads ranging from 5.5km – 8.5km are to be constructed in each of the 30 local governments including the Ife Area office.

The idea of the  project is basically to assist the local governments and the Ife Area office in the state in achieving substantial road projects.

Speaking to Channels Television in Osogbo ,Special Adviser on works and Transportation; Engineer  Sabitu Amuda said it is  entirely  a local government financed project but monitored and coordinated by the state government for efficient delivery and that the roads to be constructed varies between 5.5km -8.5km in each local government as he assured that the roads are designed for longevity.

The funds earmarked for the project were savings of funds accruable to local governments from the Excess Crude Oil Fund (ECOFUND).

The state government with the backing of the state House of Assembly helped to source for N10 billion loan from a bank at a generous rate and condition to make a total of N16 billion required to complete the road project.

To ensure that the roads are completed between March and September 2013, government has made available an advance payment of 30 percent  to each contractor handling the project in all the 30 local governments including the Ife Area office.