Federal Government Not Competing With Any State – Fashola

Federal Government Not Competing With Any State – FasholaThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the Federal Government is not competing with any state but rather working relentlessly to complement and support them to blossom for maximum development.

Mr Fashola who gave this assurance during his one day working visit to Oyo state, said some abandoned road projects in the state have been revived, with contractors working on site.

He added that his ministry would do all possible to ensure that the 1,156 km of federal roads in Oyo state are put in good condition.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on the other hand, expressed his delight at the visit, noting that the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the most strategic partners for the state in the quest for greater development.

The governor underscored the significance of infrastructural provision as the pedestal for agricultural projections of the state which is targeted at producing sufficient food for the entire south west region of the country.

Also speaking, the Controller of Works in the south west for Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engr. Omerekpe, explained that Mr Faola’s visit became imperative as 11 federal road projects had commenced in the state.

He also appealed to the governor to allow the state return to the Federal Housing Fund Scheme.

Gov. Ajimobi in response, promised that the request from the ministry for 10 more hectares of land for housing projects has been granted and would be perfected in the coming weeks.

“We are open to greater collaboration with Federal Government agents in Oyo state.

“In fact, I expect visits from them as soon as possible so that we can leverage mutually on existing opportunities,” he added.

Mr Fashola, however, stated that all necessary papers were being processed to ensure reimbursement of all outstanding payments to Oyo state for all projects on federal roads.

Ajimobi Inaugurates N300m ICT Service Centre In Ibadan

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In Oyo
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has inaugurated a 300million Naira Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Data and Service Centre in Ibadan.

The centre which was facilitated by the Chairman House Committee on Telecommunications, Hon. Saheed Fijabi, says the Oyo state College of Health Science and Technology in Ibadan was constructed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), with the support of Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

Gov. Ajimobi said the ICT centre would contribute immensely to human capital development in the state and Nigeria by extension.

He stated that the ICT was very essential, adding that it provided the people with the intellectual leverage required in all human endeavour.

“ICT holds the longest value chain in all profession. The richest people today across the world engage in ICT activities.

“The illiterates of today are not those who cannot read and write but those who don’t have knowledge of ICT.

“Nigerians are very intelligent people and professionals but they lack the right attitude to work”, he said.

He counseled the students of the school to make good use of the opportunity availed them by the centre, adding that the state government has upgraded the school into a college.

Ajimobi admonished the students to be more committed to their studies, saying the only reward to appreciate the opportunities was success which would only come through hard work.

He commended Hon. Fijabi for his immense contributions to the development of the state, adding that he was one of the best representatives of the state.

Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH) said that they would continue to give their support to ensure that goals for youth development are actualised.

Earlier, Hon. Fijabi said that the project was facilitated to enhance the core functions of teaching, learning and research application through ICT
He said that the centre was in tune with the vision of the state government to development ICT in the state.

“This project will serve as backbone for teaching, learning, research and services.

“We have also facilitated these type of projects and others across the state.

“I like to inform you that a maternity centre is presently under construction at Orita-Merin.

“The maternity centre on completion is expected to provide affordable and sound health care services to the people. I have also sponsored several motions and bills,” he said.

Hon. Fijabi also commended the governor for the role he played in his emergence for a second term, pledging his unalloyed loyalty to Ajimobi.

Mr. Siji Ganiyu, the Provost of the institution commended the governor and Fijabi for their immense contributions to the institution.

Ganiyu, who expressed deep appreciation for the centre, promised that the ICT centre would be efficiently and effectively managed to fulfill its purpose.

Entrepreneurs Advised To Focus On Value Creation

enterprenursBudding entrepreneurs have been advised to focus on value creation in their businesses, in order to realise their dreams.

The message was given at the conference for emerging entrepreneurs organised by the Field of Skills and Dreams in collaboration with the US Mission in Nigeria.

At the event, entrepreneurship experiences were shared by the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, the Chief Executive of Sahara Group, Mr Tonye Cole and the Managing Director of Mainone Cable, Funke Opeke.

Sharing his start-up experience of over 22 years ago, Mr Momoh explained how building a network based on trust, became the thrust for the establishment of Channels Television.

The Media Magnate and founder of 11 times Award Winning Television Station advised the entrepreneurs to take profit-making as a bye product of a good business and not the focus.

Other dignitaries at the conference were the Consular General of the US Consulate, Mr John Bray and the Chief Executive of W-FM, Mrs Toun Okewale-Sonaiya.

Niger Govt. Approves 2.06Billion Naira To Pay Pensioners

niger_state_robberyThe Niger state government has approved the release of 2.06billion Naira for pensioners under the old pension scheme.

Niger state Head of Service, Mr. Yabagi Sule and the Director General Niger state Pension Board, Hon. Usman Muhammad, made the disclosure in separate addresses at the opening of a two day workshop for management and staff of the State Pension Board.

The Head of Service who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Human Resources, Mr. Yahaya Abubakar, said the 8billion Naira was domiciled with the National Pension Commission.

He described the contributory pension scheme as very germane in the whole pension business because it touches the lives of retirees.

He added that the misconceptions about the CPS is as a result of lack of training which he said the workshop was designed to arrest.

Mr. Abubakar, however, hinted that a new pension law that would ensure regular payment of pension and gratuities but did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, Hon. Mohammad made it known that over 1000 retirees had been paid over 1billion Naira while another batch of 569 retirees would be paid any moment from now.

He noted that the state and local government pensioners have been receiving their monthly pensions promptly because the governor has instructed that it should be a first line charge.

He assured that all matters “standing against the CPS will be dealt with very soon, we will have a clearer picture of it not too long from now”.

No Record Of Polio Outbreak In Seven Years – Oyo Govt.

Polio, sokoto stateThe Oyo State Government has revealed that efforts towards the eradication of polio in the state has yielded positive results and is still yielding fruits, adding that the state has not recorded any polio outbreak for the past seven years.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan made this known over the weekend, during the flag off of the first round of the 2017 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), held at the secretariat of Oyo west local Government, Ojongbodu, Oyo town.

Dr. Adeduntan stated that the State Government would scale up the collaboration between the state and local governments to ensure that immunization services reach every child in the state, stressing that the government is set to make immunization services the right of every child and not a privilege.

The Commissioner explained that the NIPDs campaign was not only on eradication of polio but on all vaccine preventable diseases, noting that children are most susceptible to infections during the early childhood years.

According to him, the National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), is a supplemental immunization campaign geared to ensure herd immunity among children under five years against poliomyelitis and towards the eradication of the disease in Nigeria.

Dr. Adeduntan urged mothers to make their children from ages 0-5 years available for the first round of immunization between March 25 and 28, 2017, explaining that it has been scientifically proven that immunization does not kill or affect children negatively against the backdrop of some cultural belief.

He called on all mothers to make sure they complete all stipulated immunization from birth for their children so that the efforts of the State government will not be fruitless.

“The intervention and target age group includes women of child bearing ages against tetanus and health promotion, children of 0-59 months for oral polio and all missed routine antigens and children of 0-11 months for due and missed routine antigens”, Dr. Adeduntan stressed.

Oyo Govt. Sets Up Agency For Planning, Development Control

oyo-stateThe Oyo State Government, has set up a Bureau of Planning and Development Control, to fast track the ongoing infrastructural development and urbanisation of the state, as an integral part of the modernization efforts by the state governor.

The bureau would also be tasked with eliminating indiscriminate and illegal physical development across the state.

This was disclosed on Monday at a press briefing by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, at the end of the State Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office Exco Chambers, Ibadan, the state capital.

Mr. Arulogun explained that the Bureau was established to step up the modernization of the physical landscape of the state, noting that the Bureau would operate as an enforcement agent for the controlled physical development of Oyo State.

He said that the government had to cut out bureaucratic bottlenecks in order to achieve more physical development projects, adding that the bureau was set up to create a more efficient process of turning around the physical landscape in the State.

“At the end of today’s State executive council meeting, the council decided after deliberations to create the ‘Bureau of Planning and Development Control’ with a view to embark on more physical developmental and control projects which would add more aesthetic value to the environment in the state.

“There is the urgent need to create an agency that will be reporting directly to the Governor. The agency will perform its roles and functions outside any ministry. The government is desirous of a department that will be more efficient in guiding development in the state.

“There is the need to conclude all projects that will change the face of the state for both the internal and external public. This is in line with Gov Ajimobi’s restoration, transformation and repositioning agenda of the administration.

The commissioner noted that the government will soon have its master plan, saying “the state government is collaborating with the World bank to have a master plan for the state. The government is also embarking on the Geographical Information System (GIS) project to have a proper geographical mapping for the state.”

He also hinted that the agency, which will be headed by a Director General, would also work towards improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the State from the physical planning sector, stating that the Ministry of Justice had been mandated to give the agency the needed legal backing.

“The major reason for creating the agency, was to give more bite to the efforts of the administration in effecting a turnaround, in our physical development. We want it to be more efficient.”

The Commissioner said there would be no need for recruitment or procurement of building and furniture for the agency that would become additional costs for the government, adding that the staffers under the concerned ministries and their offices would be used by the bureau.