Ajimobi Drums Up Support For APC-Led Administration

Ajimobi Drums Up Support For APC-Led AdministrationThe Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has drummed up support for the APC-led administration in the country calling on all to eschew corruption and encourage templates of integrity, sacrifice, and selfless service as exemplified by the spirit of Christmas.

Governor Ajimobi made the call during the 2016 Christmas Carol and Thanksgiving Service held at Agodi Gardens, Parliament road, Secretariat, Ibadan.

He said that the present administration is aware of the poor state of the economy which has exposed the citizens to suffering and hardship, stressing that necessary steps are being taken to address the challenges.

While noting the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest the recession presently facing the nation’s economy, Ajimobi stressed the need for all to be more understanding.

The Governor also called on the people to follow the rules and injunction of the Holy Bible by learning to forgive, accommodate, and embrace selfless service.

He said the 2016 carol service was a celebration of government’s courage to tackle the challenges of the present and determination to change current indices for an improved future.

In his sermon, the Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde, condemned the high level of corruption in the society right from the church leaders to the politicians to the judiciary and security agents.

He regretted that the greater the number of churches and mosques in the country, the greater the level of corruption and sinful acts in the society, stressing that the church has become a money spinning business in the society.

He said politicians, religious leaders and other people in high places have corrupted the image of God in them through unfulfilled promises, bribery and false prophesies and this calls for serious redemption.

The 2016 carol service had three lessons which were read by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Micheal Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Alake-Adeyemo and wife of the Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi.

Prayers for the state and the country were offered amidst colourful rendition of spiritual songs by prominent gospel artistes.

The symbolic candlelight and the fireworks wrapped up the evening.

LAUTECH Crisis: Oyo, Osun Commit To Maintaining Joint Ownership

LAUTECHOyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and his Osun counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola have finally met to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis facing Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH).

The meeting, which was also attended by their deputies, Moses Alake Adeyemo (Oyo) and Titi Laoye-Tomori (Osun), and other top officials of both states, took place at the State Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan.

A communiqué signed by the two governors, which was read by Gov. Ajimobi after a four-hour meeting, restated both states’ irrevocable commitment to the continued joint ownership of the institution.

He announced the setting up of a visitation panel headed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun, as a follow-up to the meeting.

Other members of the panel are Hon. Rasheed Afolabi, Prof. Grace Akinola and Prof. Sola Fajana, representing Osun State; while Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Prof. Ayo Salami, Mr. Ayo Raji, and Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Aderonke Makanjuola (Secretary) were named as representatives of Oyo State.

The panel was saddled with the task of reviewing the current terms of engagement between the two owner states with a view to consolidating the joint ownership, as well as to conduct an audit into the institution’s sources and application of funds.

The wise men and women would also be expected to propose strategies for the overall improvement in the quality of education and service delivery in the institution.

Ajimobi said, “The meeting regrets the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution and restates commitment to moving the institution forward.

“In view of the historical affinity and long relationship between the two states of Oyo and Osun, the meeting resolves to rededicate all efforts towards the development of mutually beneficial goals that will further cement the bond of friendship and brotherhood between them.

“As brothers, sisters and family members of the same Yoruba ancestry, the meeting agreed that this should be a time of consolidation between the states rather than a time of fragmentation.

“Consequently, the meeting agreed to an irrevocable commitment to joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, in accordance with the laws setting up the institution.”

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The Governor declared that both states agreed that comprehensive restructuring was inevitable in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning by the institution, while he cautioned residents of the two states and other stakeholders to eschew any form of violence.

The communiqué also appealed to the academic staff members currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while the owner states sought for amicable and sustainable solutions to the lingering crisis that had pitted indigenes of both states against one another.

Ajimobi added, “We agreed on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution to ensure fair and effective development and distribution of academic resources, physical structures and assets of the university across the two states.

“This is in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning. We appeal to the academic staff who are currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while amicable solutions are being worked out to sort their grievances.

“We enjoin all residents of the two states, as well as other stakeholders, including students, teachers and workers to go about their lawful duties and resist any temptation to take the laws into their hands. The meeting warned that anyone or group that does otherwise will face the full wrath of the law.”

Labour, Oyo Govt. Agree To End Strike

Oyo State, Labour, StrikeThe Oyo State government says the labour union leaders in the state have directed members to return to work after several weeks of strike.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Olalekan Ali, made the announcement on Wednesday during an interactive session with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, southwest Nigeria.

He spoke after a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed by the state Government and the labour union to call off the strike which began on June 6 in the state.

Mr Ali disclosed that the state government has agreed to disburse the sum of 3.4 billion Naira, representing 100% of its June allocation which is 2.1 billion Naira and the total sum of 1.39 billion Naira of the Budget Support Fund received from the Federal Government as an intervention loan for the payment of January salary, while the February salary is expected to be paid in the next two weeks.

He said the agreement would enhance the Internally Generated Revenue, stressing that the revenue collection agency has been restructured to emerge as an efficient and target driven body.

The SSG further hinted that the government had received required apologies and undertaken from Principals of the affected secondary schools and the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, regarding the participation of some schools in the violent protest of June 6, 2016.

The Oyo State Deputy Governor, Moses Alake-Adeyemo, on his part assured the citizens of the state that necessary mechanism would be put in place with the collaboration of the Nigeria Labour Congress and affiliate unions.

He explained that this is to avoid a recurrence of labour dispute that led to the seven – week strike that has paralised public education and other critical sectors in the state.

Mr Alake-Adeyemo noted that the 14-man committee that brokered peace between the state government and labour would not be dissolved until a permanent solution is found to the issue of delay in salary payment.

He added that the union in the state has also given its assurance to work with the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration, to further expand the revenue set for the state government.