FG Commences Construction Of Oyo/Ogbomoso Road

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L-R: Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Kabiru Gaya; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; and Senator Monsurat Sunmonu.

Residents, traders and members of the Oyo State government heaved a huge sigh of relief as the Federal Government has commenced work on the Oyo/Ogbomosho road.

At the flag off, Oyo State Governor, Mr Abiola Ajimobi, expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, for sanctioning the construction of the Oyo-Ogbomoso end of the Ibadan-Ilorin expressway.

Describing good road network as an important prerequisite for a buoyant economy, Governor Ajimobi admonished the contractor, Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), to speed up work on the project to give the road users a breath of fresh air.

“On behalf of the good people of Oyo State I appreciate God, the APC and our senators for this hope they have ignited in us through the resuscitation of this project.

“We believe that the contractor will work day and night to deliver a standard job in good time. This road project was mooted over 36 years ago and we have had six federal administrations that failed to complete it.

“We must give profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and especially God for letting this happen in our lifetime, knowing fully well that good road network is a prerequisite for buoyant economy.

“Lessons derived from this is that we should always choose our representatives based on integrity, Godliness, patriotism and selflessness, which are attributes exhibited by our Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, representing Oyo Central at the Senate, as well as other legislators that partook in the revival of this project”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Senate Committee Chairman on Works, Sen. Kabiru Gaya said the dualisation of Oyo/Ogbomosho Road, Phase II Project is critical and the Federal Government has specified that the project must be done in the best standard that will stand the test of time.

He condemned the “shoddy job” done by one of the contractors that handled a section of the three-section road, which, he said was now in a bad condition.

The Oyo/Ogbomoso axis of the road project, which spans Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomoso-Ilorin, was said to have been overlooked for more than 36 years by six successive federal administrations.

For several years, motorists have had to take alternate routes from Oyo to Ogbomosho losing lives in fatal accidents.

It would be noted that the 1st phase of the road from Ibadan to Oyo, which now has a lot of bad spots was also handled by RCC, but the representative of RCC, Mr. Nader Yusuf, assured the governor and the Senate team that this project would be completed with best quality this time around.

 

TUC Gives Oyo Govt. 15-Day Ultimatum To Pay Workers

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FILE: Students and traders protesting in Oyo State.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Oyo State Government and all governors owing workers to pay up or face mass action in affected states.

Members of TUC at the national level joined their counterparts from Oyo state to protest the non-payment of their salaries for over 6 months.

They called on the Governor of the state, Mr Abiola Ajimobi to urgently find a solution to the lingering crisis.

The Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade, while addressing the protesters, appealed for calm and assured that the committee to be inaugurated between labour and government will come up with a lasting solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, all public primary and secondary schools in Oyo State remain closed despite the order to re-open the schools by the governor.

In an interview with Channels Television, TUC Chairman, Oyo State chapter, Comrade Niyi Akano, maintained that teachers are not resuming until their demands are met.

A visit round schools by Channels Television Correspondent on Monday, revealed that no school was functional despite the order and labour insists it will remain so until issues at stake are resolved.

In the meantime, the Oyo State Government insists that the proposed participatory management of public schools will happen and to be sure of government’s seriousness, a 31 member Education Reform Initiative Committee has been set up to widen the scope of consultations on the project.

Members of the committee were drawn from the University of Ibadan, commissioners from relevant ministries, community and religious leaders, and private sector education practitioners while the NUT, NLC, Ancopps and NANs are expected to submit 2 representatives each for the committee.

Ajimobi Visits Slain Oyo Lawmaker’s Family, Promises To Apprehend Perpetrators

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L-R: Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo; and widow of the slain member of the Assembly, Mrs. Bukola Aremu (extreme right)

The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Abiola Ajimobi on Monday paid a condolence visit to the family of Gideon Aremu, the slain member of the Oyo State House of Assembly in Ibadan, the state capital.

Governor Ajimobi assured that the people involved in the murder of the lawmaker will be apprehended and dealt with.

While sympathizing with the widow, Mrs Bukola Aremu, and the children, he stated that the family will be supported by the government.

The Governor said,” It was an untimely and tragic death that has disrupted the otherwise peaceful environment, adding that it is “a moment the state is not proud of.”

The 40-year-old House of Assembly member, was said to be returning from a function at Bodija to his Akobo residence where three gunmen waylaid him on a motorcycle and shot him several times before fleeing the scene.

The late Aremu will be buried at his home town, Igboho, Oorelope Local Government, on Thursday.

The burial will be preceded by a valedictory plenary at the chamber of the House of Assembly as well as lying in state.

Transport Union Rallies For Peace In Oyo

NURTWThe members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State are advocating peace and a truce in the ongoing crisis between labour and government over alleged privatisation of some schools.

Several transporters in their hundreds engaged the public for hours in what they called a ‘walk for peace’, sensitising residents along major roads on the need to shun violence.

The rally was led by the chairman of the union, Mr Taofeek Oyerinde, who condemned the faceoff that took place last week, leading to the indefinite closure of all primary and secondary schools in the state.

The union urged labour unions to choose the path of decency and stop violent protests.

The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Abiola Ajimobi, while addressing the union at the entrance of the Government Secretariat sought labour unions understanding and advised them to dialogue even though they had refused several previous advances.

The Governor also expressed his surprise and pleasure that those who were involved in violence were now leading a good cause to strengthen peace in the state.

Known flash points like Beere, Molete, Mapo, Challenge, Oke Ado, Dugbe, Gate and Agodi- the seat of government, were some of the places the union visited, calling for peace in the land.

No Intention To Sell Schools

Disagreement between labour unions and government started after the government made a decision to involve private sector in the running of schools in the state currently managed by the government.

But the Governor Ajimobi has cleared the air over the raging controversy about the new education policy, which the labour union said was aimed at selling public schools.

In a no holds barred consultative forum on June 8, Governor Ajimobi said the government had no intention to involve private group and individuals in the management of public secondary schools.

He apologised to the people of Oyo State over the crisis which erupted as a result of various misconceptions, admitting that advertorial should not have preceded the forum.

The Governor reiterated that no school was for sale or transfer to any concern and called on residents to join hands with the government to salvage the education sector in the state.

 

Ajimobi calls for inclusion of security education in the nation’s academic curriculum

The Oyo state Governor, Mr Abiola Ajimobi has charged the nation’s military and intelligence community to help Nigerians formulate security communities that will be well-equipped to deal with challenges of security as they arise.

Governor Ajimobi made the suggestion at a three day training workshop for military officers, which held at the Two Mechanised Division, Adekunle Fajuyi cantonment, Ojoo, in Ibadan, the state capital.

According to the governor, it is time every Nigerian was made to undergo courses in security consciousness at all educational levels to encourage strategic thinking towards prevention and swift response against security threats.

He also admonished the military and other stakeholders to apply caution in dealing with the lingering crisis over the disputed oil rich Bakassi peninsula.

The theme of workshop “Developing Requisite capabilities by the Nigerian Army for combating contemporary challenges” featured lectures and discussions aimed at making the country safer for its inhabitants.

As the guest lecturer, the Oyo state Governor, opined that the challenge before the military is how to formulate adequate strategic military might to suppress current onslaught against peace and prevent future insurgence against peaceful coexistence.

Former Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Richard Akinjide (SAN) in his lecture titled “The International Perspective of Nigeria’s Borders: Bakassi Peninsula in retrospect” revealed that a lot of complexity and misinformation has trailed the ruling on the case.

The legal luminary noted that contrary to some speculations, it was not Former President Yakubu Gowon who ceded Bakassi to Cameroun but one of his predecessors.

He appealed for caution in various quarters as increasing calls are demanding that the federal government should seek a review of the ruling at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) before the expiration of the review deadline on the 10th of October, 2012.

The Chief of Army Staff who was represented by the GOC 2 MECH DIVISON, Major General Mohamed Abubakar, explained in his address that the training became imperative to equip officers and men with requisite information to plan and execute missions successfully and deal with challenges before them.

The training involves participants from eight states and will conclude on Friday.

Oyo state gets new logo

The Oyo state Governor, Mr Abiola Ajimobi has unveiled a new official logo for the state.

Unveiling the logo at the executive chambers of the Governor’s office in Ibadan, the state capital, Mr Ajimobi said the new logo represents the new identity of the state and epitomises the transformation agenda of government.

Explaining the symbols on the new, Governor Ajimobi stated that they represent the uniqueness and rich cultural heritage of the state

The new logo consists of images of the famous Cocoa House (Nigeria’s first skyscraper), University of Ibadan (Nigeria’s premier university), talking drum, beaded gourd, stars and green field with food crops and fruits, that are cultivated in the state. They include bananas, cocoa, pineapples and many others.

The logo has a caption at the base of the badge: OYO STATE: THE PACESETTER.

With the launch of its own logo, Oyo state has now joined other South West states under the rule of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in having their own logo and identity in line with the party’s gospel of true federalism.

OYSA

Meanwhile, for the first time in Oyo state, the government has established an agency to regulate outdoor advertising in the state.

The newly established Oyo state Signage and Advertisement Agency (OYSA), is set not only to boost the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) but to provide bill boards that are environmental friendly.

The agency is empowered to remove all existing filthy and embarrassing bill boards constructed via unregulated practise over years.

Extensive deliberations are on-going across the Oyo state to create the necessary template for transforming the state and also fast track development with valid inputs from the grassroots, business, professional, traditional and religious communities.

Meanwhile the first stakeholders’ forum on signage ended in Ibadan but not without extensive deliberations on the future of the state in outdoor advertising.

The Director General of the agency, Mr. Yinka Adepoju admonished stakeholders to adhere strictly to advertising practise code.

He said anyone willing to do outdoor business in the state must register afresh with the agency.

The DG also allayed fears of double taxation promising that the agency will be fair in his dealings with everyone.

He also warned all bill board owners to tidy up as the period of grace and waiting game is over.