Ogun Govt Pays Outstanding Pensions And Salaries

Ogun Govt Pays Outstanding Pensions And SalariesThe Ogun State government says it has disbursed the sum of 12.5 billion Naira for the payment of deductions and gratuity to pensioners.

The government said of this amount, six months outstanding gratuity areas to all categories of workers would gulp 5.5 billion Naira.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, made the revelation on Wednesday during a press briefing at the Governor’s Office Press Centre in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

Mr Adeoluwa disclosed that payment of pensions to over 2,429 would cover six billion Naira, while one billion Naira severance allowance had been paid to former political officeholders.

He added that the government had paid the December salaries to all categories of civil and public service, as well as local governments across the state in southwest Nigeria.

Obasanjo Wants More Support For Police From Community Leaders

Olusegun obasanjo on more support for policeA former president of Nigeria, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo, has enlisted the support of religious and community leaders for the Nigeria Police Force in the onerous task of securing lives and property of citizens.

Mr Obasanjo made the request in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State at the maiden meeting of the Eminent Citizens Forum and the launch of the “Change Begins With Me” initiative by the Ogun State Police Command.

The former president, however, asked Nigerians to always give useful information to the police to aid them in reducing the level of insecurity.

”The task of policing our communities, our state and our country is not alone for the police. It is for all of us and they want to get all of us engaged in helping the police to effectively provide the much needed security of life and property. The police no doubt has to be supported in this regard,” he said.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ahamed Illiyasu, while welcoming stakeholders to the maiden edition of the Eminent Peoples’ Forum also emphasised that the task of effective policing should remain the concern of all citizens.

”Security is now the concern of all citizens in the country as crime has no creed and map. Everyone is a stakeholder in this renewed security project. The Inspector General of Police directed that membership of the Eminent Peoples Forum should comprise critical stakeholders, religious leaders, community leaders, traditional rulers, elder statesmen, retired senior security officers, captains of industry as well as politicians’.

”The forum will support the Nigeria Police Force in proffering solutions to security challenges through mediation and social control to reduce the workload on police and bring policing close to the people.

“It (the forum) will no doubt help the police in sensitising their people to be law abiding and if there is a problem in the area, we can proffer a quick solution through the assistance of these group of eminent persons within the area,” the police commissioner said.

The Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, however, asked the police authority to intensify efforts on the rising tides of kidnapping and land grabbing activities which have led to many deaths among others

“Both the issues of security, of course, we must admit that there is so much more to be done. So, as we celebrate the Nigeria Police on this initiative, we still want to charge that we are not where we are supposed to be yet. We still have cases of kidnapping, particularly in a section of our state. We have the intractable crisis of land grabbers in several part of the state. Recently the governor signed into law a bill designed exclusively to tackle the menace and I believe that you are doing your best to see that this is contained,” the secretary to the government said.

The occasion also witnessed the’ change begins with me’ initiative which tends to ensure the police is accountable to Nigerians by ensuring all citizens and residents of the country have a platform through which all complaints against police actions and inaction are taken up and redressed

The maiden edition of the forum brought together religious and community leaders, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the management and officers of the Ogun Police Command with the purpose of rubbing minds and fashioning out ways of ensuring security of life and property at the grassroots.

Ogun Workers End Strike After National Leadership’s Intervention

Workers. Strike, OgunWorkers in Ogun State have agreed to suspend their two weeks industrial action over non-payment of deductions and other demands.

The resolve was reached on Wednesday after a closed door meeting which lasted for about nine hours between the national and state leaders of the organised labour and State government.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration towards better conditions of service for the state workforce.

In his submission, the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, commended the two sides for the maturity that led to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at resolving the impasse.

The civil servants had on October 20, commenced an indefinite strike to press home their demands over an alleged non-payment of 12 months deductions.

Among other demands, the industrial action was also aimed at putting an immediate end to the contributory pension scheme.

The workers began the strike after Governor Amosun had sent a strong warning to the leadership of labour unions in the state.

The governor had also lauded the people of the state for their understanding and the support shown towards his administration’s policies and programme.

He assured them of more development in the state in the coming fiscal year.

Ogun Govt. Seeks Partnership In Mechanised Cassava Production

Ogun government on mechanised cassava productionOgun State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with development partners in the area of mechanised cassava production and its value chains.

The government explains that the partnership is a way of diversifying the economic base of the state in southwest Nigeria.

The expression of interest was communicated by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, at a workshop on mechanised cassava production.

The government informed the gathering that there was a provision in the 2017 Budget for the opening up of about 1,000 hectares of farmlands for cassava farming in the state.

The training which took place on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital brought together agriculture experts and development partners from Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.

Some experts, Enorck Chikava and Adebayo Sangobiyi, raised concerns over the best practices in commercial and mechanised cassava production and agro-processing, stressing the need to ensure that such engagements sustain grow and develop the nation’s economy.

They also addressed some of the challenges facing the sector with a view to exploring some of the available options such as effective government intervention, more funds for research and development as well as improved seedlings among others.

Economy In Recession

Nigeria is the highest cassava producer in the world with at least 50 million metric tonnes per year.

However, the output per unit is very low as a result of the numerous challenges grappling with the agriculture sector, one of which is the recession in Africa’s most populated country.

While the government is making effort to address the economic challenges, a World Economic Outlook report released by the International Monetary Fund had predicted that the Nigerian economy would grow by 0.6% in 2017.

The report revealed that Nigeria’s real Gross Domestic Product was expected to increase marginally by 0.6% with Consumer Prices rising by 17.1%, effectively lifting the country out of an officially declared recession.

Attacks On Oil Facilities

The recession was triggered by the drop in the price of crude oil and the attacks on the nation’s oil facilities by some militant groups in the Niger Delta region.

The militants under the umbrella of the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks which have drawn the attention of the Nigerian Government and some other foreign governments.

Disturbed by the spate of the militants’ activities, the Nigerian Army launched a special team code named “Operation Crocodile Smile”, amidst agreement between the government and the militants to hold talks after a ceasefire agreement from both sides.

Despite this agreement, several other attacks have been launched on oil installation by the Niger Delta Avengers and another splinter group.

Both military and militants have continued to point accusing fingers at each other, alleging a breach of agreements, as the military said it would not hesitate to repel militants’ attack in the region.

Ogun Workers Begin Indefinite Strike Despite Amosun’s Warnings

workers. strikeWorkers in Ogun state have commenced an indefinite industrial action to press home their demands over an alleged non-payment of 12 months deductions.

Among other demands, the industrial action is also aimed at putting an immediate end to the contributory pension scheme.

When Channels Television visited the state government secretariat at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, it was revealed that some workers reported for work while others abdicated their duty post on the order of their leaders.

Commenting on the development, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, described the action as illegal and uncalled for, saying that the government may initiate a ‘no work, no pay’ system as a punishment.

Mr Adeoluwa asked the workers to see reasons, especially in the face of the current economic downturn, restating that the government is committed to the welfare and care of the workforce.

Although the town seemed calm, security operatives were stationed at strategic places to maintain law and order as a result of the strike.

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, had earlier sent a strong warning to the leadership of labour unions in the state, over the proposed indefinite industrial action.

He gave the warning in Abeokuta, the state capaital, during a town-hall meeting for the 2017 budget, held at the cultural centre in the state capital.

He thanked residents for their understanding and the support shown towards his administration’s policies and programme, while assuring them of more development in the coming fiscal year.

Ogun Govt. Asks Julius Berger To Suspend Work During Traffic Hours

Ogun State, Road Construction, Julius Berger, Lagos-Ibadan expresswayThe Ogun State government has directed Julius Berger Plc to suspend the ongoing reconstruction work on the busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway during the peak traffic hours.

The government stated that with effect from Monday, August 8, the construction company should not work on the highway from 6:00am to 10:00am and between 4:00pm and 10:00pm.

The government encouraged the contractor to work full blast between 10:00am and 4:00pm and also during the night after 10pm.

The State government also expressed deep concern about the hardship being faced by Nigerians who ply the busy expressway on account of the ongoing reconstruction.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, stated that the measure had become necessary, as they observed that the already bad traffic situation on the expressway had been further compounded by the increasing spate of armed robberies reported along the road.

Ameliorate Disruption To Lives

The statement read: “The Ogun State government welcomes the ongoing reconstruction works in the full realisation of the fact that this will ultimately bring greater relief to our people.

“We however, note that the effort has come with temporary pain, in the nature of perennial traffic congestion and security challenges”.

“In the past few weeks, we took two steps. We increased Police and security patrols on that axis and opened up discussions with the Federal Controller of Works, Ogun State and the contractor.

“We suggested that they should consider working late evenings and overnight in order to ameliorate the disruption to the lives of commuters on the ever-busy expressway and Ogun residents. It is a thing of regret that our suggestion was spurned,” the statement added.

Redesigning Security Architecture

The government said it made the request based on experience and recalled that before the advent of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s administration, armed robberies occasioned by bad portions of the road; traffic congestion caused by unruly drivers driving against the flow of traffic and tanker drivers parking indiscriminately on the median were the order of the day.

“The public will recall that we confronted these challenges headlong. We set up a task force to checkmate the excesses of the trailer drivers so much that the Governor personally led regular enforcement teams on the expressway.

“We also invested heavily on redesigning the security architecture of the state by deploying Armoured Personnel Carriers, elite Quick Response Squad (QRS), Operation MESA and the state Traffic Enforcement and Compliance Agency (TRACE).

“We have also repeatedly intervened by undertaking major repair works on bad stretches of the road, not minding the fact that it is a Federal Government highway.

“Additionally, we took responsibility for clearing traffic, maintaining security and cleaning after the departure of our monthly religious visitors,” it stated.

The government expressed delight that its efforts ultimately restored relative sanity on the road and greatly reduced robbery incidents, but noted that that was until the recent intervention by Julius Berger.

It further explained that the objective of the directive was to mitigate the man-hour losses and socio-economic disruptions occasioned by the ongoing reconstruction work.

The Ogun State government assured the road users that it would continue to monitor the situation and proactively engage the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing and the contractors, with a view to fashioning a robust intervention that would address both the security and traffic situation on the road.

They also implored the people of the state to remain calm as they work round the clock to redress the inconveniences.

Ogun Goverment Assures Workers Of Worthy Welfare

Ogun Govt. Assures Workers Of Worthy WelfareThe Ogun State government has assured its workers that their welfare would always receive utmost attention at all times.

The disclosure was made on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, during a press conference at the Governor’s Office.

While speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital in southwest Nigeria, Mr Adeoluwa the civil servants of best financial practices so as to ensure accountability and transparency in the administration.

The government official also announced the payment of December 2015 salaries as well as a 10 per cent bonus to all categories of the Ogun State government workforce.

He said that the payment of the salaries ahead of the Christmas celebration was to ensure that Ogun State workers would celebrate the yuletide without financial hassles.

Ogun Govt Berates SERAP Over Sacked Officials

SERAPThe Government of Ogun State in South West Nigeria has taken a swipe at the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) over its petition to the United Nations Rapporteurs on sacked education officials of the state.

In a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Ogun State government accused SERAP of jumping the gun and crying more than the bereaved.

“Had SERAP examined and understood the facts that led to the decisions of the Ogun State Civil Service Commission, it would have appreciated they were not even remotely connected with the constitutionally-guaranteed rights to freedom of thought, conscience and expression or academic freedom, which formed the kernel of its petition to the United Nations Special Rapporteurs,” the statement read.

“To Be Well Guided”

The State government wondered if SERAP had studied the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in relation to disciplinary control over civil servants.

“Had SERAP looked before leaping, it would have realised that by virtue of Paragraph 2, Part II, Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, could not have played any role in the disciplinary measures against the workers,” Adeoluwa said.

The State government quoted the paragraph as saying that ” (1) The Commission shall have power without prejudice to the powers vested in the Governor and the State Judicial Service Commission to; appoint persons to offices in the State civil service; dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding such offices.

“(20) The Commission shall not exercise any of its powers under sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph in respect of such offices of heads of divisions of Ministries or of departments of the Government of the State as may from time to time be designated by an order made by the Governor except after consultation with the Head of the Civil Service of the State.

The government further advised the civil society group to approach the Ogun State Civil Service Commission for relevant information in order “to be well guided”.

Eid-el-Fitr: Amosun Preaches Peaceful Coexistence Among Nigerians

amosunAs Muslims around the world celebrate the Feast of Breaking the Fast (Ed-el-Fitr) on Friday July 16, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has called on Muslims to be in the vanguard of the campaign for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

In his Eid-el-Fitr message signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, Governor Amosun expressed hope that Nigeria will overcome its current challenges and emerge a strong, united and prosperous nation.

“The attributes of self-discipline, compassion, brotherliness and patriotism exhibited during the holy month of Ramadan, if sustained, will bring within our reach and attainment, the dreams of our founding fathers for a united and prosperous nation,” he said.

The Governor also tasked Muslims on respect for the sanctity of life, noting that “Islam is a religion of peace”.

Governor Amosun enjoined all adherents of Islam to continue to strengthen their relationship with the Almighty Allah through fasting and prayers and obedience to the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

Amosun wished the Muslim Ummah a happy celebration.

Ogun Signs Multi-Billion Dollar Rail Construction Contract

Ogun stateThe Ogun State Government has signed a multi-billion dollar construction contract with a Chinese company, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) on the construction of intra and inter-city rail network in the state.

The signing which took place on Monday, at the Governor’s office, Abeokuta, the state capital, was done by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa and the Chairman of CCECC, Mr Cao Baogang. The event was, however, supervised by the Governor, Mr. Ibikunle Amosun and the Chinese Consul General in Lagos, Mr. Lin Kan.

Speaking on the significance of the rail project to the economic development of the state, the governor noted that the project would ease transportation problems in the state.

He however noted that majority of the raw materials to be used for the projects would be sourced locally and local suppliers would be encouraged and supported to tap into the opportunity provided by the project.

Ogun State Political Parties Sign Peace Accord

peace accordPolitical parties and their candidates to various political offices have signed a peace accord hinged on the need for peace and order to reign supreme before, during and after the general elections to ensure a violence free general elections in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

Directing the affairs at the event held at the State Headquarters of the Police Command, the State Commissioner of Police (CP) Valentine Ntomchukwu read the riot act to erring political parties and their supporters saying it would not shy away from wielding the big stick against any act of violence

Political parties and their supporters who attended the peace accord signing also promised to abide by the laid down rules and regulations guiding peaceful conduct of the polls

The State Commissioner of Police said that Ogun State currently seemed to be enjoying relative peace as political parties and politicians do their acts to woo more voting public for eventual victory at the polls but there is the need to sustain the tempo and this signing of the peace accord by politicians may not be out of place after all.

One after another, candidates and representatives of political parties before police officials and other service chiefs took their turn to append their signature in what seemed an article of faith for a peaceful electioneering, before, during and after the elections.

Issues were raised by members of political parties as regards observed potential development that could trigger off violence among political parties as some parties alleged destruction of their candidate, posters and bill boards, a situation the CP said would not be treated with kid gloves.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented the State Governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun, however, seized the opportunity to pledge the support of the State government to ensure peaceful and violence free general elections.

Aside the promises made, it is expected that stakeholders must jealously abide by the terms and conditions of this accord.

Obasanjo Marks Birthday With Football Skills Display

Obasanjo In Football Kit
Obasanjo in his Football Kit

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, showed his fitness, as he led his side in a 2-1 win in a football match that was designed as part of his 78th birthday programme.

The former President on Wednesday, scored both goals to give the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Foundation Football Team a 2-1 victory over the Ogun State Government Football Team.

Playing in a novelty football match, at the 5-aside Astro- turf pitch of the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital, Obasanjo scored both goals in the second half of the game.

Obasanjo played alongside Professor Akin Mabogunje, Chief O. Olopade, Deacon Victor Durodola and Prof Peter Okebukola.

The Players in the otheOlusegun_Obasanjo2r team played against, led by Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, were Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, Commissioner for Commerce & Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner Environment, Ayo Olubori, and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Muyiwa Oladipo.