Malpractice: Oyo Govt To Sanction Principals Of Delisted Schools, Parents

Governor Makinde is calling for calm in the wake of the attacks.

 

The Oyo State Government has said it will sanction principals and parents of recently delisted schools by the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) for examination malpractices in the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem said this on Monday in Ibadan.

Abiodun said the state government would sanction both the Principals and parents found wanting because of its zero tolerance for examination malpractice.

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He also warned principals to desist from encouraging examination malpractice which was becoming endemic in both the private and public schools in the state.

“It should be noted that the Oyo State Government has zero tolerance for examination malpractices, therefore, Principals and Teachers of both Private and Public Schools and parents were earlier warned to desist from any act of collaboration on examination malpractices as sanctions would be meted to concerned staff and parents,” he assured.

Abiodun disclosed that only the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has the authority to release a list of schools that were identified to be involved in examination malpractices and de-recognise such schools accordingly.

He further disclosed that derecognized schools will not be permitted to present candidates for WAEC for a period of two years, saying “however, this does not debar students of such schools from sitting for the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC), as they are mobilised to the nearest school to write the WAEC; only the identified school is derecognized as a WAEC Centre”.

“It should be noted that the Government of Oyo State will waste no time to investigate any such occurrence, while the necessary punishments as enumerated above will be meted to anyone found guilty,” he added.

The Commissioner, however, advised heads of both public and private institutions in the state to desist from any act that could ridicule their schools and portray the image of the state in baa d light.

He, therefore, enjoined the general public to note that no student in the State would be prevented from writing the WAEC in the 2022/2023 Academic Session and subsequent years.

G5: Be Neutral, PDP Cautions Ariwoola

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Chief Justice Of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola to be neutral and not to dabble in the internal politics of the party.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement on Saturday, flayed the CJN over his comment on the politics of the party.

Ariwoola had allegedly made some comments on the G5 and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday at a dinner held in his honour by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in Port Harcourt.

The G5 is made up of five aggrieved governors of the PDP calling for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu as a precondition to support the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The G5 wants Ayu to step down over what they described as northern dominance within the party.

Aside from Wike and Makinde, other members of the G5 are Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).

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However, the PDP said, “By delving into the internal affairs of the PDP at a public event in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday, November 24, 2022 where he was reported to have made reference to the political activities of some PDP governors, which comment is viewed to be encouraging division in our Party, the PDP posits that the CJN’s action is unacceptable and inconsistent with his status as the head of the Judicial arm of government.

“Irrespective of the circumstance or situation, the CJN is expected to be circumspect at all times and avoid partisan actions and utterances that are likely to erode the institutional integrity of the Judiciary and bring it to disrepute especially as the nation prepares for the 2023 general elections.

“In a Federal Republic such as Nigeria, with a Constitutional Separation of Powers, the Judiciary is entrusted with the responsibility of interpretation of the laws and as such should be seen to be neutral at all times and endeavour to interpret and review the laws in the context of the case and controversy of the parties before it.”

PDP G5: Benue Road Leading To Ayu’s House Named After Wike

L-R: Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State at the Banquet Hall of the Benue State Government House in Makurdi, Benue State on Sunday, November 6, 2022

 

Five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) known as G5 on Monday stormed Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to witness the inauguration of some projects started and completed by Governor Samuel Ortom.

With Ortom at the event were Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu). The five governor have been consistent in their demand that Iyorchia Ayu step down as PDP national chairman.

One of the projects inaugurated on Monday was the 2.1km Township Road constructed by the Ortom administration and named the Nyesom Wike Road.

The road, which is behind the Commissioner’s Quarters in Makurdi and which leads to Ayu’s house, was inaugurated by a former governor of Benue, Gabriel Suswam.

Before the inauguration, the G5 took time to address PDP supporters at a rally organised to drum support for all PDP candidates in Benue including the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly and PDP governorship candidate in the state, Titus Uba.

Last night, Wike said the PDP G5 are bonded to save Nigeria and nobody can break their ranks in their continued insistence that Ayu should resign as the national chairman of the party.

“People have tried to see how they can break us, you cannot. We are bonded to save Nigeria.

“That is why when you see all of us, we are impenetrable. Nobody can divide us. They have tried everything in this world to divide us, but no way.

“The way we operate; I will talk, we have people who don’t talk. You may be underrating them. By the time they will shock you, you will think it is Wike, it is not Wike you are seeing,” he said.

For months, the G5 has demanded the resignation of Ayu, saying northerners should not be the PDP national chairman and presidential candidate.

However, Ayu, a Benue indigene, has insisted that he won’t step down till the end of his four-year tenure, even as the G5 makes his resignation a precondition to support Adamawa-born Atiku Abubakar’s 2023 presidential ambition.

We Must Practise Politics Without Bitterness – Seyi Makinde

File photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday called on political actors in the country to practice politics void of bitterness and rancour.

He made the call in Osun State during the flag-off of the reconstruction and selective expansion of the 91 kilometers Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan-Iwo Road Interchange.

The project, which is to be completed in 18 months, is as collaboration between Makinde and his Osun counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola. It was awarded to Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns.

He maintained that the two governors have been able to lead a revolution and collaboration that put the people of the two states first, and relegated politics and partisanship to the background while delivering dividends of good governance to the people.

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“We must practise politics of justice and fairness without bitterness and rancour,” the Oyo Governor was quoted in a statement by his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa.

“The revolution we are leading in Oyo State is a revolution of thought. Again, we are saying, governance must always trump politics. When we make decisions, we must always put the interests of our people first.

“Of course, you already know that my brother, the Governor of Osun State is from the All Progressives Congress (APC), while I belong to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Despite this difference, we have accomplished things that people from the same party were unable to do. This is the revolution we are talking about.”

In his remark, Oyetola commended Makinde for rising above political differences and considerations to collaborate with the Osun State government to ensure that the laudable project comes to fruition and to further entrench regional integration.

He maintained that the project is a dream come true, as it is part of his government’s effort “to provide quality roads on an equitable basis and entrench sustainable economic development.”

Oyetola said, “I salute the political sagacity and astuteness of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who rose above all political differences and considerations to collaborate with us to not only ensure that this laudable project comes to fruition, but to further entrench regional integration.

“When the project was initially conceptualised, our plan was to fix the Osogbo-Iwo section that belongs to Osun. We, however, on second thought observed that the Oyo State section too was in very bad shape and capable of defeating the objective of our road Reconstruction/Rehabilitation effort.

“Consequently, we reached out to Governor Makinde and, without hesitation; he embarked on this invaluable voyage with us.”

If We Want To Rescue Nigeria, PDP Must Embrace Inclusivity – Makinde

Governor Makinde is calling for calm in the wake of the attacks.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is of the opinion that accepting inclusivity within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a paramount factor to be considered if the party seeks to rescue Nigeria come 2023. 

At the South-West PDP stakeholders meeting with the presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said eight years of the All Progressives Congress have left Nigeria sharply divided and as such, the issue is PDP must practice what it preaches.

“If we want to unify Nigeria, we must unify the PDP first,” Makinde declared.

“If we want to restructure Nigeria, we must have the willingness to bring inclusivity to the PDP. Do we have the capacity? The answer is resounding yes.

“The message from the South-West PDP is the South-West is asking that the National Working Committee of the PDP should be restructured,” he buttressed.


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Having established the premise for inclusivity, the governor called for the resignation of the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, for the people of the South to feel a sense of belonging in the party.

Makinde and his Rivers State counterpart, Governor Nyesom Wike, have been calling for the resignation of the PDP National Chairman in a bid to see that all key positions in the party are not held by individuals from the North.

“The truth is that we do not have any issue either with our party or our candidate. If there are challenges they must be tabled.

“We are supposed to give hope to our people, we want them to listen to us. Our party wants to rescue Nigeria and our candidate is a unifier. He wants to restructure Nigeria

“We are asking the National Chairman to step down so that the South will be fully included. That is the message,” Makinde maintained.

 

PDP Crisis: A Day Of Reckoning Is Coming – Wike

A photo combination of Governor Nyesom Wike and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the time of reckoning is coming for those who continue to insist that they can take everything to themselves in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor maintained that nobody can silence him from speaking against such injustice and the demand for the right thing to be done.

Governor Wike spoke at the inauguration of Emohua campus of Rivers State University, and the flag-off of staff quarters, performed by Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State on Wednesday.

The Rivers State governor said such persons will definitely account for every wrong thing that they have done when the day of reckoning comes.


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“That is why I am telling the people there, look, it cannot work. You can’t take everything. If you take everything, it will purge you. So, better do the right thing now.

“Don’t sit there and think that you can muscle me and you can do everything, you can manipulate anything. You can think you have the number to make sure you take everything, but the time is coming when you will account for it.”

Governor Wike insisted that the delivery of quality projects by him and his colleague governors will serve the PDP well in their respective States. According to him, it will be erroneous for PDP States that have failed to provide good governance to solicit for votes from the electorate.

“If any PDP State is not doing well, don’t think you will be voted for because APC is not doing well. If PDP state, for example , if in Rivers State we didn’t do well, then you’ll say because APC did not do well at the national, then the people will vote for us. They’ll tell you PDP you didn’t do well in Rivers State. People don’t understand that. And that is why the party should respect us and know that we are the ones campaigning for the party. Because we have what to use to campaign.”

The governor explained that his administration has avoided the pitfall most government suffer because they do not set aside requisite budget for projects they conceptualise, and they end up littering the places with uncompleted projects.

He said when projects are conceptualised, his administration provides adequate budget to complete them, which is why no project awarded by him will be abandoned.

Governor Wike pointed out that the establishment of multi-campus for RSU is strategic in increasing access to education, providing more space for effective teaching and learning to take place and, grow the economy of rural communities.

“I told the pro-chancellor and chairman of governing council they we have to establish satellite campuses so that the main campus will leverage on other facilities that have been occupied by some of these faculties.

“Secondly, it will have to bring development to these areas. I do not believe in establishing so many universities for establishment sake. Yes, there is need for access to education, having created this campus, you are also creating access.”

The governor informed that it is his administration that began the release of capital funds for all the state own tertiary institutions. He said his administration has approved employment of academic and non-academic staff in all tertiary institutions in the State.

The governor directed the chairman of Emohua Local Government Area, Dr. Chidi Lloyd to within the next three months, build a police station that will provide security to the new campus.

Governor Wike also assured that the promise of reconstructing the Government Secondary School Emohua will be fulfilled and directed the Commissioner for Education to do site inspection and report back to his office.

Performing the inauguration of the campus and flag-off of the staff quarters, Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde noted such multi-campus of a university promote quality education, expand the scope of learning, and open up access to tertiary education.

Makinde noted the endeavour by governor Wike as evidence of his vision and commitment to the good of the people of Rivers State.

“If children are doing all of these, I think what Nigeria needs are children. So my brother (Wike) you can be rest assured that Nigeria appreciates you.

“Even the fight that we lost. We did not lose with our heads bowed. We stood for the truth and for what is good for the country. We will continue to fight for our space within PDP. We will fight for what is good for our people.”

On his part, Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Chinedu Mmom said governor Wike has continued to give premium attention to the need for improvement in the quality of education by approving the recruitment of teaching staff for the various State owned tertiary institutions in the state.

Also speaking, Rivers State Commissioner for Special Projects, Deinma Iyalla said the staff quarters will have a total of 12 flats; 6 units of 3 bedroom and 6 units of 2 bedroom of two blocks of one storey building.

On his part, the vice chancellor of Rivers State University, Prof Nlerum Okogbule described Governor Wike as a special gift to the institution and the State because his support has propelled RSU to an enviable height.

In his address, Emohua Local Government chairman, Dr. Chidi Lloyd noted that the campus has put Emohua on the global map and will open up future development opportunities for the people.

Osun 2022: People’s Power Will Continue To Triumph, Says Makinde

 

Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Sunday, congratulated Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, on his victory at the just-concluded Osun State governorship election, saying that the power of the people has again triumphed.

According to him, Adeleke’s victory was similar to what happened in Oyo State during the 2019 governorship election, when the people exercised their franchise in support of an opposition party.

Makinde, who hailed the teeming voters across the 30 local governments of Osun State for standing by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and staying resolute to ensure that their votes counted, said: “it’s great to have a second PDP flag flying in the South-West.”

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Governor Makinde equally lauded Senator Adeleke, PDP members and Osun State voters for remaining strong and unwavering throughout the electioneering period.


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He said: “On behalf of the government and the good people of Oyo State, I congratulate the Osun State Governor-Elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke and the people of Osun State on this victory.

“It is great to have a second PDP flag flying in the South-West and this victory teaches all politicians an important lesson- that truly, power resides with the people.

“The power of the people will continue to triumph, the earlier politicians realise this fact, the better for our democracy.”

2023: Nigeria Needs The Best To Lead, Says Makinde

Makinde said Tinubu stood for politics without bitterness.

 

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State believes the country deserves to be led by its best hands as the nation inches closer to the 2023 general elections.

He made the comment on Saturday when a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, paid him a condolence visit over the deaths of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi; the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Saliu Adetunji and a former governor of Oyo, Christopher Alao-Akala.

“Let me also use this opportunity to wish you well in your political quest to govern this nation,” Makinde noted during the visit. “We want the best for this country and only the best is good enough at this particular time.”

“I want to welcome you to Oyo State. We are really grateful for this visit. This is the year political parties will elect their candidates towards the election that is coming next year. So, what this had demonstrated to us is, you stood for politics without bitterness.”

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The Oyo leader also thanked the former Lagos State governor for the visit.

Makinde expressed delight over Tinubu’s visit even though the move might be misinterpreted especially in view of the political season.

“We may fight, struggle for political positions but we know power can only come from God and He gives it to whomever He will like to give it to at whatever time,” he added.

“We really thank you for this visit and want to let you know that we have taken proper notice that you have risen above politics and all that is going around here to come and share with us at this moment that we are grieving. We say thank you.”

‘We Will Leave One Day’

Tinubu is full of praises for Makinde.

 

Earlier, the former governor had commended Makinde for his leadership qualities, explaining that the loss of these prominent Oyo indigenes is a reminder that “we are just passing through and we will leave one day. But no matter how long, it is difficult to absorb the loss easily.”

“With this situation, we share in your loss. You, as the governor on the saddle of power, take responsibility for the situation here,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde.

“I want to say that we thank God Ibadan has been peaceful and not a den of violence but peaceful.”

Tinubu Pays Condolence Visit To Makinde Over Demise Of Olubadan, Soun And Akala

 

Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Saturday, paid a condolence visit to the Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, over the demise of two prominent traditional rulers and a former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao- Akala.

While speaking at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Tinubu said that the departed traditional rulers – the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1 – as well as former Governor Alao-Akala, would be greatly missed.

Makinde said Tinubu stood for politics without bitterness.

 

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, quoted Tinubu as saying that the reign of the two prominent traditional rulers was peaceful, adding that the duo contributed to the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

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The statement also quoted Tinubu as adding that the late Governor Alao-Akala equally contributed immensely to the political development and the love radiating within the political arena in the state.

The former Lagos governor also commended Governor Makinde for “demonstrating good character” as far as governance is concerned in the state.

He said: “I want to thank you, the governor. It was only last night that I thought of my coming here and we are here today. Having lost a former governor of this state, the Olubadan of Ibadanland and Soun of Ogbomoso, it is just for us to go back to the sense of value of people and their lives.

“With this situation, we share in your loss. You, as the governor on the saddle of power, take responsibility for the situation here. I want to say that we thank God Ibadan has been peaceful and not a den of violence but peaceful.

“Every other thing that has happened has taught us in the book of religion that we are just passing through and we will leave one day. But no matter how long, it is difficult to absorb the loss easily.

“Thank you for being accommodating. We gave you a short hour notice and you responded.

“That is a demonstration of a good character, which is rare. People get, sometimes, intoxicated with power and the arrogance of office can be overwhelming, but not with you. Thank you for receiving us so quickly.”

Tinubu is full of praises for Makinde.

 

In his remarks, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, said that the former governor of Lagos State stood for politics without bitterness.

According to him, politicians, may fight, struggle for political positions, but power can only come from God and He gives it to whomever he likes.

Makinde equally appreciated the former governor of Lagos State, wishing him well in his political endeavour.

He said: “I want to welcome you to Oyo State. We are really grateful for this visit. This is the year political parties will elect their candidates towards the election that is coming next year. So, what this had demonstrated to us is, you stood for politics without bitterness.

“During this political season, you may have to question yourself on why you need to come to the Government House because people might have another interpretation to it. But you sent a message across to me and I was delighted to host you in Ibadan.

“We lost two traditional rulers almost in quick succession. First, it was Soun of Ogbomoso land, and we were planning for the burial when the Olubadan of Ibadanland also joined his ancestors. We were still in the middle of that when former Governor Akala also died. I can see that in Oyo State, we try to take politics out of what we call ‘omoluabi’.

“We may fight, struggle for political positions but we know power can only come from God and He gives it to whomever He will like to give it to at whatever time.

“We really thank you for this visit and want to let you know that we have taken proper notice that you have risen above politics and all that is going around here to come and share with us at this moment that we are grieving. We say thank you.

“Let me also use this opportunity to wish you well in your political quest to govern this nation. We want the best for this country and only the best is good enough at this particular time.”

Senator Tinubu’s visit to the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, came after he had paid condolence visits to the palaces of the Soun of Ogbomoso land, Olubadan of Ibadanland, and residence of the late Governor Alao-Akala, where he sympathised with the respective families.

We Will Not Be Distracted, Our Convention Still Holds In October – PDP

A photo of the Peoples Democratic Party's emblem.
A photo of the Peoples Democratic Party’s emblem.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention Organising Committee (NCOC) says it will go with the planned National Convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021.

In a statement on Sunday, the Secretary of the NCOC, Governor Seyi Makinde, said the convention will take place regardless of the “distraction” posed by a case instituted at the High Court in Kaduna to prevent the event from being held.

The case, which was launched by Uche Secondus, suspended chairman of the PDP, sought to stop the preparation for the convention, pending the hearing of his chairmanship case in the court of appeal.

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While playing down Secondus’ suit, Governor Makinde said the party is “aware of the actions of a few misguided PDP members who have approached the High Court in Kaduna in an attempt to prevent our great party, the PDP from holding its National Convention on October 30 and 31, 2021.

“Notwithstanding their right to approach a court of competent jurisdiction to air their grievances, we maintain that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP has acted in good faith in fixing our convention for October 30 and 31. It is not meant to witch-hunt anyone or to truncate anyone’s mandate,” the statement added.

“Therefore, we call on all members and supporters of the PDP to ignore this distraction as we prepare to host a convention that will send a clear signal to Nigerians that the PDP is the only party that has the will and the might to rescue Nigeria from the catastrophe that we have been enduring for the past six years.

“We are aware that a clearly united PDP is a threat to the forces that seek to divide us. Therefore, we urge our teeming supporters nationwide to keep the faith as we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that we will not be distracted from our goal.”

The governor further noted that the PDP is determined to strengthen its party structure and to put in the work needed to unify and restore the nation back on the path to economic prosperity and greatness.

On behalf of the PDP, Makinde urged all party faithful to continue to rally support even as the opposition political party prepares to host its National Convention.

Governor Makinde Dissolves Cabinet

Governor Makinde is calling for calm in the wake of the attacks.

 

The Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has announced the dissolution of the state’s Executive Council.

Those affected include the Chief of Staff (CoS) and 17 Commissioners.

The Cabinet was constituted on August 14, 2019, following Makinde’s victory in the March 9, 2019, election.

The remaining Council members who were not affected include the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Head of Service (HOS), and the Director-General of Due Process office.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Makinde announced the dissolution of the Executive Council after a meeting of the body on Tuesday, which lasted about five hours.

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Governor Makinde, according to the statement, expressed the gratitude of the government and the people of Oyo State to the Council members and wished them well in their future endeavours.

The governor equally praised the dedication to duty and the commitment of the council members to the cause of taking Oyo State from Poverty to Prosperity.

The statement said: “His Excellency, the Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, announced the dissolution of the State Executive Council, with effect from Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

“Governor Makinde, after a prolonged meeting of the Council, told members it was time to retool after two years.

“He, therefore, wished the ex-Commissioners the best in their future endeavours.”

Security Architecture: FG Will Copy Our Ideas When We Are Through – Makinde

 

Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration is busy working on the security architecture of the state to ensure a holistic solution to insecurity challenges being faced by the state.

Governor Makinde, who stated this while declaring close a two-day retreat for Local Government Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, and Heads of Local Government Administrations (HLAs), in the 33 Local Government Councils of the state, held at the Ilaji Hotel and Sports Complex, Akanran, Ibadan, said that his government has, indeed, been working hard to find a lasting solution to the challenges in the all-important sector.

He stated that when ongoing efforts to rework the security system are completed, even the Federal Government will copy the state’s template.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as expressing delight at the well-packaged retreat put together by Forsterfield Consulting in conjunction with the office of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters.

While addressing the chairmen, Governor Makinde admonished them to step up their game on the issue of security and take responsibility for the security of their domains, saying, though security is the responsibility of everyone in the society, those in government will be held accountable.

Makinde equally charged the chairmen to consider adopting the Security Task Force approach of the state government and to hold regular security meetings and work with the Amotekun, federal security agencies, and the voluntary policing initiative of the state government.

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The governor also asked the council bosses to up the scale of intelligence gathering in their domains.

He said: “There is a state Security Task Force, you can replicate that at the local government level. Meet once a week and review. I can bet that by the time we are done grinding our security architecture, they will copy it at the national level in this country. So, you should step up to the table and ensure that, at each of your local government areas, you take responsibility.

“Yes, it is a collective responsibility. The government alone cannot handle it but somebody will have to hold the rod of accountability and because you are the elected representatives of the people, you have to take responsibility even sometimes for things that are well beyond your control.

“The Amotekun people are there. There are challenges to get them as an agency to work with federal institutions because there is a rivalry. You guys should see it as the time to put all of them together and we have to thrive. Also, we have voluntary policing. You know some of the youths within your localities, get them into the scheme.

“When I went to Igangan, I said we would start funding the hunters and local vigilantes and we made the arrangement. Today, I am glad that the HLAs are here. We are passing through a very challenging period. So, everybody must come together to support that initiative. If we get it right, on a monthly basis, we will ensure that we make provision for them because they are quite important.

“From the report I have on Ibarapa, both open and confidential, it would have been a lot worse if not for local hunters and vigilantes. So, we need to strengthen that network.

“Most important is the issue of intelligence. The failure we got at Igangan was that people saw the bandits converging during the day but nobody reported the case. So, you also need to strengthen intelligence gathering in each of your local government areas.

“The number of the security control room is 615. Call it. When there was an issue at Igangan, I didn’t get the report that anyone called the number. It started at about 11:30 p.m. Call 615 to address any distressing issue. You need to promote the number at the local government level as elected officials. Take it upon yourselves now to ensure that every household is conversant with the 615 number and call it when they are in trouble. Also, encourage your people to say something to you when they see something so you can take the information to appropriate quarters.”

Governor Makinde, who also charged the local government officials to operate with the fear of God and put the interest of the people first in all their activities at the local councils, maintained that the people of the state expect good governance and dividends of democracy from the councils.

While charging the local council officials to consider adopting the four service point agenda or pillars of the state government or work on their own based on the peculiarities of the councils, Makinde stated that the state government will continue to support the councils to achieve the mandate of delivering quality service to the people at the grassroots.

He said: “I am glad that we are able to organise this retreat. We tried having it when some of you were interim chairmen and chairpersons but the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t give us the opportunity. But today, we thank God that in Oyo State, COVID-19 is taking a back seat. At least, from the reports given to me, there is nobody in the Infectious Disease Centre, which is our isolation centre at Olodo.

“I want to say that the people of Oyo State voted for you and are expecting from you dividends of democracy at the local level. For the state election, most of you joined me to campaign together. So, you have all contributed to putting the government at the state level there.

“This is a good time for us to interact and for me to share one or two things with you. I am sure a lot of you are familiar with our Roadmap for Accelerated Development (2019-2023). We brought out the document before the election and I am happy to tell you that the author of the document, Professor Musbau Babatunde, is also here today. We spent several days and weeks together, knocking the document and it has served us as the blueprint for this administration. We are not going anywhere to seek knowledge on how to govern the state. Take the document anywhere in the world, it is a standard document.

“And for these past two years, it has assisted us. So, at the local government level, my wish is for you to adopt those four pillars. I understand that there could be peculiarities in the local government of some of you. You can add two or more to your own pillars and make it six depending on the peculiarities of your local government area.”

The governor stated that the agenda of his government to expand the state’s economy through Agribusiness and infrastructure development has been yielding positive results, with a lot of offers coming to the state to assist it.

He said: “We think we are getting stability in the areas of agribusiness and infrastructure. We are still continuing but we can add more, and now, we are saying we should add solid minerals development and Tourism.

“So, for those local governments that are positioned to do things in the tourism and solid minerals sectors, the state will be available to support and partner with you.”

The Oyo State Governor counselled the new chairmen and vice-chairmen not to be discouraged by challenges, noting that if they handle the current assignments, it could become stepping stones to something higher.

“But you have to work and it is not something that I am just thinking in my head. I have seen it happen. The governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, started as local government chairman in 1999. From there, he rose to the position of Chief of Staff to the Governor and then a federal minister, and today he is a governor. He can even become the President of this country if he wishes. So, starting from the local government level is actually an advantage and opportunity to showcase the leadership qualities you have.

“Some of the policies that we have, which are working at the state level, replicate them at the local government level. And where you need direction and support, don’t be shy about it because if we get it right at the local government level, it will assist our overall position as a state,” Makinde said.

He assured them that the state government will always be available to support the council chairmen, saying: “You know we are here to support you. If you are faced with challenges beyond your control, come to us and we will solve it together.”

He also admonished the civil servants at the local government levels to support the council chairmen to achieve success, noting that the government will always be ready to listen to them and give necessary support to do their jobs effectively.