Ogun Govt. Launches Groundwater Abstraction Scheme

The Ogun State Government, has launched the implementation of the groundwater abstraction scheme, aimed at providing the much needed regulatory intervention for sustainable use of water from such formations.

At a ceremony held at the Cultural Centre, kuto, Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, said this became imperative in order to provide a platform for data gathering.

Under the scheme, companies intending to commercialize ground water abstraction for agriculture and manufacturing purposes shall be licensed to withdraw groundwater, as being practiced in developed nations of the world.

“One of the major objectives of the water abstraction control scheme is to provide a platform for data gathering on the various groundwater abstraction facilities in the state, either existing ones or those to be drilled in the future.

“The implementation of the scheme will also provide for continuous monitoring of the quality of water coming out of the aquifers and the quality of the abstraction system.

“The information from such exercise will enable the state to proactively respond to identified area of potential risk through appropriate and timely policy strategic action plans”.

Speaking on behalf of some of the key stakeholders present at the occasion, the chairman of borehole association in the state pledged the unalloyed support of the association for the scheme.

“This is another initiative by the state government and it imperative on us that we must support this, we stand to derive maximum benefit from the scheme if all of us play our roles as expected”.

Water plays a critical and key role in human existence, used for personal hygiene, for domestic and industrial use Government over the years has not been able to meet up with the challenges of providing this essential commodity, hence the involvement of the private sector whose activities have in a way not been effectively regulated.

In effect of this, the state government, policy makers, water resource managers, water tanker operators, borehole drillers, industrialists and other end users are here to launch the implementation of water abstraction scheme in the state to provide platform for data gathering.

To ensure the success of the scheme, the state government said it is reviewing the existing legal frameworks in the state.

FG Presents Sports Equipment To 51 Primary Schools

FG Presents Sports Equipment To 51 Primary SchoolsThe Federal Government of Nigeria has presented sports equipment to about 51 public primary schools in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria.

This according to the government, is to develop talents at the grassroots in nine core areas of sporting activities such as athletics, badminton, football, volleyball for national and international sporting engagements.

At a ceremony held at the MKO Stadium in Abeokuta, the state capital, the representative of the Secretary to the Government of the federation, Amina Mohammed, reiterated the commitment of the federal government towards diversification of the economy through national and international sporting activities

“Let me state at this juncture that it is not by coincidence that this event is taking place at the early stage of the life of this administration.

“Even though the trust fund was established 11 years ago, today’s ceremony affirms the avowed commitment of this administration to change the life of every Nigerian positively in a manner that matters to them.

“Consistent with the economic blueprint of diversifying the economic base, the renewed focus on the lottery industry is a testimony that government is determined to harness needed resources wherever they may be found in order to continue to develop our economic potentials and apply them to the generality of Nigerians”.

Revenue Generation

Further, Mohammed added that “already, government has identified sports as a major revenue earner and capable of significantly contributing to our gross earnings outside of oil.

“Over the last three decades, we have imported a high number of youths with sports talents especially football, where they are excelling in major European leagues and even in Asia.

“It is with this realization that the policy on good causes is channeled to encourage more youth participation in sports”.

Local Manufacturing

“In the same vein, and in order to broaden the scope of participation and eliminate obstacles regarding access to certain sporting activities, especially the games considered as elitist, government is now encouraging the local manufacture of sports equipment and products.

“To this end, I am pleased to acknowledge the production of international quality football by the Research Institute for Chemical Technology, Zaria in Kaduna state,” she said.

The Ogun state Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, who represented the governor commended the federal government for the gesture, while promising that the sporting equipment would be judiciously used to boost sporting activities among the pupils across the state.

“The gesture by the presidency will further boost recreational activities in our schools and also develop sporting potentials in our youths at large.

“This administration of the Ibikunle Amosun will continue to encourage our children to participate in sporting activities right from their younger ages.

“Let me assure you at this juncture that our pupils and youths will make maximum use of the sporting equipment.

Mrs Onanuga then stressed that the government of Ogun state looks forward to more collaboration with the federal government.

Past Osun Leaders Laud Governor Aregbesola’s Leadership

Rauf Aregbesola Osun State Governor Past military administrators and former civilian governors in Osun State have lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the trend of development in the state.

They said that the Governor had kept the dream of the forefathers of the state alive.

Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye (rtd), who governed Osun State from August 1998 to May 1999 and Captain Anthony Udofia (rtd), who also ruled the state from December 1993 to August 22,1996, said that they were proud of the Governor on his achievements so far.

The two former military governors spoke at the 25th Anniversary of the state which was celebrated with calisthenics display at the Osogbo township stadium, on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

On behalf of past governors of Osun state, Colonel Bamigboye said: “I left Osun in peace and I am happy to be here in peace too.

“Clearly, Osun is moving and developing. Everybody can see that.

“I want to congratulate Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the 25th Anniversary of the state.

“I have never witnessed a colourful celebration like this. Even the military parade is not as beautiful as this. This is marvellous, fantastic and awesome.

Osun is lucky to have a Governor like Aregbesola. The Governor is working. Osun is moving forward. I want to say that you [Aregbesola] are working, keep it up. I am proud of you”.

In his address, Captain Udofia said: “We give glory to God for making us witnessing the 25th Anniversary of the state.

“No doubt, Osun is developing and I give kudos to past governors.

“Specifically, I want to commend Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his achievements. Osun is gradually becoming what the founders of the state wanted it to be.

“In the past, there was little or nothing to show that Osogbo is a state capital. I am so much impressed by the Aregbesola’s achievements and projects.

“Specifically, I commend Aregbesola on the education sector. The modern schools he is building are superb. I am happy to see the modern Anthonia Udofia School built by Aregbesola. When I got to the school, I thought it was a polytechnic.

“The calisthenics display is wonderful. This is a very laudable programme. I congratulate the children and youths of the state”.

The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, who represented Governor Ibikunle Amosun, pointed out that Governor Aregbesola had taken the development of the state far, with developmental projects spreading across the sphere of governance.

“There is government presence in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

“I commend Aregbesola for the good work he is doing. The infrastructural development of the state is commendable. Aregbesola has positively transformed the state,” Mrs Onanuga added.

Meanwhile, some Pensioners in the state refused to participate in the 25th Anniversary celebration, but took to the street in protest, calling for the payment of gratuities to retirees of 2011-2012 and an end to half payment of pensions to the retirees in the state.

The pensioners, under the forum of retirees of 2011/2012, recounted their grievances while addressing reporters in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.

Ogun Government Creates Jobs Through SMEs

Ogun-SMEs-JobsThe Ogun State government says it has created at least 13,000 direct jobs and 91,000 indirect jobs.

The government said that it was able to make the feat through the one billion Naira joint Ogun State and Bank of Industry (BOI) revolving loans awarded to beneficiaries at 7% interest.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, made the disclosure on Wednesday at the maiden Small and Medium Enterprises event, held at the Valley View Auditorium of the Government House in southwest Nigeria.

In her remark at the one day event, the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, urged participants to make use of the various initiatives being put in place by the state government to develop their businesses in conformity with the present economic realities.

She implored them to always discharge their civic responsibilities of paying their taxes and levies.

The event, tagged “Making SMEs a Valuable Addition to the Nigerian Commonwealth”, was organised by the Ogun State Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Ogun State Partners With Germany On Rural Electrification

amosun Ogun State GovernorThe Ogun State government is in partnership with the German Government to improve power situation in rural communities in the state and enhance rapid development.

According to the Ogun state government, the partnership is aimed at bringing real development to the rural communities and reducing rural-urban migration.

The concrete steps toward power generation, through mini-grids, as an electrification instrument, is beginning with the training of some state officials on public-private participation for mini-grid development in rural communities of the state.

The German government is providing the training.

Senior officials of ministries, parastatals and government agencies and electrical engineers are being trained by the German Government to provide specific models and frameworks to improve mini-grids as an electrification instrument

Raise Standard Of Living

Representing the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, at the one-day training session, the state Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, reiterated the commitment of the government towards rural development to raise the standard of living of the rural populace.

Nigeria with a population of about 170 million people requires at least 14,000 megawatts of electricity.

Currently, 4,000 megawatts is being generated, with its attendant negative effects as manifested in high cost of finished goods and unemployment among others.

The rural communities are not immune from this wide gap, a shortfall that the Ogun State government and the German government are trying to reduce.

To ensure the success of the project, the state government has expressed its willingness to partner with relevant government agencies and genuine private operators to ensure a sustainable transformation of the state’s rural landscape.

Since the government cannot meet up with the challenge of rural electrification through the connection to the national-grid, mini-grids as an electrification instrument should be adequately explored and encouraged.

Ogun Issues C of O To 1,500 Homeowners’ Charter Beneficiaries

amosunThe Ogun State government, has issued the certificate of occupancy to  another 1,500 beneficiaries of the Homeowners Charter designed  by the government to allow residents and homeowners to ratify their building approval and title documents.

At a ceremony held  at the arcade ground of the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, the state  capital, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, while representing the governor at the occasion  asked other applicants who are yet to get their C of O not to exercise any unnecessary apprehensions, saying they would be attended to in due course.

The beneficiaries and homeowners were drawn from different parts of the state.

The Homeowners Charter was introduced by the state government  in December 2013 as part of efforts to liberalize development in the state

Medical Practitioners Challenge Government On National Health Insurance

health careThe Nigerian Government has been challenged to evolve and expand an enduring policy framework on health care delivery as an impetus to the sustenance of other sectors of the nation’s economy, to reduce medical tourism and improve the health of the people.

The advice was contained in messages at the Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State chapter, held in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Medical practitioners asked government to improve on the National Health Insurance Scheme to ensure its spread across the nooks and crannies of the country.

They demanded more funding, modern equipment and necessary political will to drive the sector.

Representing the State Governor, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, restated the commitment of the State Government towards improving the sector.

Mrs Onanuga said that the state had developed comprehensive strategies which include allocation of more funds, free community based health and maternity programmes, establishment of the emergency and ambulance service, all aimed at effectively developing the health sector.

Amosun Tasks Ogun Public Servants On Effective Service

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has tasked the state’s work force on the need to redouble their effort towards providing effective and adequate service delivery as his mission is to rebuild the socio-economic and political fortunes of the state in the next four years

Amosun said this during his unscheduled visit to ministries and offices at the State Secretariat located in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, alongside with his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga and the Head of Service, Mrs Modupe Adekunle.

While thanking Ogun residents and workers for the confidence reposed in him and his administration, the Governor asked for understanding and cooperation.

He also promised to complete all ongoing projects with assurances that new ones would be approved for the overall development of the state.

Amosun was on Friday, May 29 sworn in as the Governor of Ogun State for a second term in office at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta where he promised to focus more on developmental projects.

Yetunde Onanuga Named Governor Amosun’s Deputy For 2015 Governorship Election

Ogun-State-governor-Ibikunle-Amosun-The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has announced Mrs Yetunde Onanuga,  from Ijebu Igbo in Ogun East Senatorial District as his running mate in the 2015 governorship election in the state.

Mr Onanuga, 54, will replaces Prince Segun Adesegun who serves as the current deputy governor of the state

At a meeting held on Tuesday at the Gateway Hall in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Governor said her nomination became imperative in order to give all sections of the state good representation and a sense of belonging

In her response,the governor’s running mate pledged her loyalty to the governor, the party and party leadership, promising that she would not betray the confidence reposed in her by the party’s leadership.

Mrs Onanuga is the current Director of Finance and Administration in the Lagos State Ministry of Environment.