Ogun Govt. To Clampdown On Illegal Fuel Stations

Ogun Govt. To Commence Tracking Of Schools To Tighten SecurityThe Ogun state government says it is clamping down on illegal fuel stations and gas depots operating without proper approval from relevant agencies of government.

This according to them, is to forestall avoidable loss of lives and property.

The State Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Mrs Ronke Sokefun and her environment counterpart, Bolaji Oyeleye, read the riot act at a press briefing which took place in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Sokefun said that a task force has been constituted by government to seal up illegal gas stations across the state.

“It is pertinent to state that henceforth,operating such illegal businesses will no longer be tolerated in the state,consequently, a task force has been constituted by the state government to seal illegal gas stations in order to curb avoidable loss of lives and properties’.

”In addition, owners of gas filling stations with required approvals from the state government will be urged to upgrade their safety measure equipment to meet up with international standards.

While asking operators to upgrade their safety measure equipment to meet up with international best practices, the government also stated that it would not allow anybody to set up gas refill depots within residential areas.

“Henceforth organizations or individuals will not be allowed to set up gas refill depots within residential areas,” Sokefun said.

The government also asked residents to be more conscious to reduce avoidable deaths occasioned by human errors

”I will also advise residents to be more responsible and responsive to the way they handle inflammables.

“They should stop storing fuel at home and they must as a matter of fact cultivate the habit of having fire extinguishers at home in order to reduce the risk of avoidable deaths” the Director of the State Emergency Service said.

In order to appeal to the consciousness of residents, the government says workshops will soon be organised for fuel stations and gas filling depots in order to equip them with the much needed information on best practices.

Following the fuel station inferno at Adigbe area of the state capital which claimed two lives and property worth millions of Naira, the state government seems to be taking the bull by the horn to avoid a recurrence.

Ogun State To Boost Farming With Revolving Loan

AgricultureThe Ogun State Government in Nigeria’s south-west says it is reinvigorating the state’s commercial agricultural credit scheme to provide revolving loans to farmers in the state to boost their farming activities.

Cassava, rice and palm farmers and those in production and the crops value chains are some of those targeted by the state to benefit from the programme.

The State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, gave a hint about the planned loan at a one day sensitisation programme for farmers on agricultural development projects in Abeokuta, the capital of the state.

She promised the farmers a better day through favourable deliberate policies and programmes in the agricultural sector.

The Commissioner, however, asked farmers to pay up their loans so that others could benefit from the revolving loan.

Several small scale farmers, cooperative societies, and agricultural groups attended the programme where issues bothering on the development of the sector were discussed.

Cattle rustling, mechanised farming, the re-invigoration of the extension services and agro services topped talks.

Mrs Sokefun explained that some of the current initiatives of the government were aimed at improving the sector and boosting productivity.

The resolutions arrived at during the sensitisation programme are expected to form a fulcrum for the improvement of agricultural practice in the state, as the state finds means of diversifying its economic base.

Ogun Govt. To Benefit From $104million Loan From IFAD

ogun stateThe Ogun State Government says it has paid its counterpart fund in order to benefit from a $104.4 million loan agreement between the Federal Government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

This is towards developing the agriculture sector for food security and employment generation,especially through rice and cassava production and its value chains in the state.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, who represented Governor Ibikunle Amosun, made the disclosure in Abeokuta, the state capital, during the inauguration of the state steering committee.

The committee is saddled with the responsibility of giving direction to the programme’s management unit, as stated in the project document.

Addressing members of the steering committee, the Commissioner asked them to make their experiences to bear on the effective oversight and monitoring of funds to be disbursed.

Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba are currently being listed among beneficiary states and Ogun State remains the only state in the South-western part of the nation to benefit from the loan scheme.

Ogun State Assembly Screens Commissioner-nominees

Ogun State Assembly Screens Commissioner-nominees

The Ogun State House of Assembly has screened 18 commissioner-nominees whose names had earlier been sent before it for confirmation by the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

The commissioner-nominees, who appeared before the House included six, who had served during Governor Amosun’s first term between 2011 and 2015.

The screening of the nominees was presided over by the Speaker of the Ogun State Assemly, Suraj Adekunbi, on Wednesday.

During the exercise, which lasted about five hours, all the commissioner-nominees‎ were asked various questions ranging from their professional competence, to experiences and capacity to serve the state.

The nominees are Adebola Adeife, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, Gbenga Ademosun, Adeleke Adewolu‎, Afolabi Afuwape, Mrs Yewande Amusan, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Sunday Bamiwola, Dr Babatunde Ipaye and Chief Kolawole Lawal.

Others include Chief Jide Ojuko, Chief Muyiwa Oladipo, Miss Adenike Osoba, Bolaji Oyeleye, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, Arc. Segun Abiodun, Dr Olumide Ayeni and Rotimi Durojaiye.

In his remarks, Honourable Adekunbi stated that the lawmakers’ approval would enable the Governor to appoint commissioners that would assist him in steering the affairs of the state creditably in his second term of office.

He charged the nominees to ‎strengthen the existing relationship between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the state, if they are eventually confirmed.

He also tasked them to work diligently towards improving revenue generation and ensuring completion of ongoing capital projects across the state.

The Speaker, who expressed the resolve of the lawmakers to cooperate with the executive, said they would continue to put in place necessary framework to engender good governance.

“The purpose of this screening is to legitimise the appointments of the Governor and make sure we have quality assurance that as soon as the cabinet is constituted, the government will hit the ground running.

“We are on a sincere mission to rebuild our state. One of the factors that assisted us during the first term is the cordiality between executive and legislature.

“We are here to consolidate on the achievements of the first term. We want our commissioner-nominees to do their bit and ensure harmony among all the arms of government. ‎We are ever ready to collaborate with the Executive towards having Ogun State of our dream,” Adekunbi said.

Ogun Government Begins Sensitisation Of Bush Meat Sellers

ogun state logoin a bid to minimise the spread of Ebola Virus from animals to human beings in Nigeria, the Ogun State Government, through the State Ministry of Agriculture, has embarked on an awareness campaign to sensitize bush meat sellers in Abeokuta, the state capital.

During the sensitization tour of bush meat selling points, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, admonished sellers to always subject the meat to veterinary check before they are processed for consumption.

Mrs Sokefun also said that the services of medical experts must be sought before preparing the meat for consumption.

She used the opportunity to disabuse the minds of the residents about the possible spread of the virus through cow meat.

Meanwhile, as part of its effort to provide the much needed manpower for the treatment of patients, the Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), said that it has trained 100 health givers but was quick to ask for more protective equipment from the State Government as well as more isolation centers for victims.

The outbreak of Ebola virus has continued to attract attention at different fora and the sensitization by the Ogun State Government may not be out of place.

Personal hygiene has been recommended as a way of reducing the spread of the virus among the people.

Ogun Plans Greenhouse Tomato Farms

Govenor Ibikunle AmosunThe Ogun State government in western Nigeria is to set up large scale Greenhouse Tomato farms in the three Senatorial Districts of the state in its bid to engage thousands of youths in productive and profitable employment.‪

At a Greenhouse Technology Vegetable Farm in Kotopo on Saturday, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, said that the project, being supervised by the Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP), was part of the Agricultural Industrialisation Programme of his administration.‪

“Not less than 1,000 units of the Greenhouse pen will be provided at each of the project sites in order to guarantee massive employment for the youths as well as make the state self-sustaining in food production.‪

”In the long run, the government, in line with its five cardinal programmes aimed at fully exploring agricultural value chain, will set up production plants close to the farm for the processing of the farm produce,” he said.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, described the project as one of the deliberate initiatives of the Amosun administration to get the youths engaged, expressing delight that millions of youths will be accommodated.

The Programme Manager of OGADEP, Mr Ibikunle Onasanya, said that each of the Greenhouse units would provide yield equivalent of one hectare tomato cultivation in the open farm.

“It is a modern way of doing farming in a smart way because all the variables are controlled and run through irrigation system,” he explained.

Kobape Housing Scheme: Ogun Pays N20m Crop Compensation To Farmers

Ogun MapThe Ogun State Government on Thursday made good its promise of paying compensations to farmers whose crops had to give way to some of its infrastructural developments.

About 20million Naira was paid to 151 farmers in Itoku Elewe Irepodun Community in Kobape, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State, whose farmlands were affected by a new housing scheme to be located in the area.

Presenting the cheques to farmers in the first 50 hectare land acquired, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun reaffirmed that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration was passionate about agricultural development and would have ordinarily not tampered with their crops.

She, however, said that government had to take the painful decision of taking over the farmlands because it was extremely necessary, saying that at the end of the day, the housing scheme would help open up the area and attract more people that would enhance their socio-economic status.

“We are very much aware that your crops are important to you, and we know that farming is your major source of income, as a matter of fact, agricultural development for food production and industrialisation remains one of our five cardinal programmes, but we also need the land to pursue another cardinal programme, housing.

“At the end of the day, it would be a win-win situation as the  housing scheme would bring in people, engender further development and ultimately, enhance socio-economic status”, Sokefun remarked.

She therefore enjoined them to make judicious use of the money given to better their lots and that of their respective dependents.

Also speaking while presenting another batch of cheques, her counterpart in the Ministry of Housing, Mr. Daniel Adejobi, said that the housing scheme was capable of improving the living standards of the farmers, as it would attract infrastructure like roads, power supply and potable water.

He added that the massive population that would move to the area as a result of the scheme would be a ready market for their farm products, noting that it may not need to take them going too far before they get their produce sold.

The Commissioner urged them to continue supporting the State Government as it was moving to implement its mission to rebuild, promising that very soon, similar compensation would be paid to farmers on the second 50 hectares also acquired for the housing scheme.

Responding on behalf of recipients, Baale of the Community, Waheed Afolabi lauded government for fulfilling its promise of early compensation, pledging their continuous support for the successful implementation of its programmes.

Ogun Approves Establishment Of Two Additional Farm Estates

The Ogun State Government has approved the establishment of two additional Model Farm Estates, to be situated in Ogun-East and Ogun West senatorial districts of the State.

When on stream, the estates alongside the Owowo Farm Estate which is already in existence would provide employment to over 300 participants and offer indirect employment to about 2000, working on different aspect of farming, including egg production, fresh and smoked fish production, arable crops, orchard, fruits and vegetable.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun stated this at the roll – out of Growth Enhancement Support (G.E.S) programme for Cocoa  farmers held at CAN Secretariat, in Ijebu-East Local Government of the State.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the first phase of the Model Farm Estate in the Ogun Central Senatorial District, situated in Owowo near Abeokuta would contain 50 units of one-bedroom apartment with necessary conveniences with each of the buildings having an attachment of fish tanks, a poultry pen and small holder irrigation for arable crops along with 200 hectares of arable land.

Mrs. Sokefun therefore used the opportunity to reiterate government’s commitment to boost agricultural production and improve the livelihood of all stakeholders, warning farmers to desist from destroying the State forest trees in government reserves on the pretence of planting or replacing them with cocoa tree as government would not fold its arms see its forest destroyed.

Ogun to relocate graves affected by road expansion

The Ogun state government has called on relatives of the departed buried in graves that are along roads under construction in the state, to make immediate arrangements for the relocation of such graves.

The relocation, according to suggestion by the state governor, is to be “in accordance with their religious beliefs.”

A number of graves have reportedly fallen within the right of way of some on-going road expansion such as Ojere-Onikolobo-Panseke – Ibara – Isale – Iigbein – Sapon – Ake – Adatan road expansion project.

The Special Adviser and Director General, Bureau of Lands in the state, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, who made the call in a statement on Wednesday, pointed out that the government was embarking on the road expansion project as part of its urban renewal and infrastructural development programmes.

She noted that government had already notified owners of properties affected by the road expansion as required, adding that the process of compensation was already in progress in order to avoid delay in payment.

Mrs. Sokefun further explained that when completed, the road is expected to be upgraded to six lanes and it will be provided with modern amenities including furniture and walkways.