Ogun State Govt Declares Tuesday, June 12 Public Holiday

Ogun Govt Partners ECOWAS Commission, UNIDO On Economic Zone
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State


The Ogun State government has declared Tuesday, June 12, 2018, as a work-free day to enable residents to celebrate the Democracy Day.

The Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

He noted that the day would also be used to celebrate the recent conferment of a posthumous national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic on Chief Moshood Abiola by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Federal Government had on Wednesday, June 6, conferred the national honour on Abiola, an illustrious son of the state and declared June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day, which from 2019 will be a National Public Holiday.

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The Amosun-led administration had consistently declared June 12 as a public holiday in the state in recognition of the democracy hero and annulment of the June 12, 1993, elections.

“This year will be no exception as befitting events including a Democracy Walk to be led by the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have been lined up for the celebration.

“The walk scheduled to take off from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta at 7: 00 a.m will take participants through major roads in the state capital to the Abiola’s family house at Oke-Ido, Gbagura where prayers will be offered for the martyr,” the statement read in part.

The State Government officials, activists, civil society organisations, democracy volunteers, civil servants, labour and trade unions, students, market women/men and other stakeholders are expected to participate in the Democracy Walk.

Ogun Govt. Warns Applicants Into School Of Nursing Against Fraudsters

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun State Government, has called on all candidates seeking admission into the state’s owned school of Nursing for the 2017/2018 academic session, to visit the State Ministry of Health, Department of Nursing Services, Room 104, New Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta for admission procedures.

This is in effect is to save them from falling victims of fraudsters and admission racketeering.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye,  the warning became imperative for the prospective candidates in order not to fall victims of fraudsters while seeking for admission into the School of Nursing both online registration and hard copy documentation of application procedures.

According to the statement, all interested candidates must at least possess five (5) O’level credits in not more than two sittings including English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while candidates awaiting result can also apply.

The statement also had it that, applicants are expected to have a functional E-mail address as application closes on Wednesday, June 30, 2017.

However, a Computer Base Test (CBT) Examination for all successful candidates will come up on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the School of Nursing (SON), Idi-Aba Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by 8:00am.

Ogun Govt. Begins Road Construction In Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government has commenced the construction of a 7.5km six-lane dual carriage, Ogun Standard Road, along the Enugada-Adatan-Ajitadun-Mokola-Ake axis in Abeokuta.

The State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, assured residents that the project and other ongoing projects across the state would be completed in record time.

While monitoring a demolition exercise to pave way for the road, Governor Amosun reaffirmed that his administration will not abandon any project.

He promised that more developmental projects that will be of immense benefit to Ogun citizens would be constructed before the end of his tenure.

The Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, also thanked the people for their cooperation, saying there was no resistance of any kind against the demolition.

According to her, it was an indication that the people appreciate the development government is bringing to the area.

On his part, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Olamilekan Adegbite, said the State Government is paying a total of eight billion Naira as compensation for the houses affected by the demolition exercise.

Adegbite, who revealed that about two billion Naira had already been disbursed, added that apart from payment of compensation, the State Government is also providing temporary relocation support for the aged and physically challenged affected by the demolition exercise.

Some of the residents who spoke to reporters, Mr Sina Akinpelu and Mrs Monsurat Akinbile, expressed satisfaction with the development.

They urged the State Government to fast track the compensation plan, as well as ensure timely completion of the project as promised.

Foreigner, Accomplice Arrested Over Illegal Mining In Ogun

Two More Suspects Arrested Over Tulip School KidnapThe Ogun state government says it has arrested a Syrian and a Nigerian for allegedly engaging in illegal mining activities along the industrial corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, who disclosed this while leading an enforcement team to the illegal mining site at Boun Village, Shimawa, behind Redemption Camp in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State, said that the culprits would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He stated that illicit activities of miners had wrecked serious havoc to lives and property as well degraded the environment, warning that the present administration in the state frowns at the unlawful acts of making profit at the detriment of residents of the State.

“It is good to sound this note of warning to unscrupulous elements that are in the illegal business of destroying the environment in the name of mining.

“As a government, we will do our best to curb illegal mining because the lives of residents are precious to us.

“Unfortunately, the people involved make money at the detriment of law abiding residents. I can assure you that we will take holistic approach to end these activities and whoever is caught engaging in it would face the full weight of the law. For instance, this Syrian and his accomplice will not go unpunished”. he said.

The commissioner noted that the monitoring activities would continue until illegal mining was nipped in the bud towards forestalling environmental hazards.

Ogun Govt. Commences Anti-Rabies Awareness Campaign

ogun stateThe Ogun state government has commenced enlightenment campaign and free vaccination for dogs across the three senatorial districts of the state to create the necessary awareness among dog owners.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo, at a press conference in Abeokuta, the state capital, said this was part of efforts to ensure good health for the general public by raising the required awareness.

“Rabies is an acute viral disease of the nervous system of mammals that is caused by a virus, it is a deadly disease for which there is no cure.

“Rabies is usually transmitted through the bite of rabid dogs.

“In human beings, this disease is typically characterised by increased salivation, abnormal behaviour, and eventual paralysis.

“It is on record that many people who are exposed to rabies do not seek medical treatment, simply because they are not even aware of the risk of contracting this disease or because they live in rural areas that are too far away from health centres that are able to provide post-exposure prophylaxis,” she added.

According to the World Health Organization, 55,000 human lives are being lost annually as a result of human rabies transmitted through infected dogs.

The commencement of the new anti-rabies vaccination, is however expected to contribute to reducing these figures as soon as possible.

Ogun Govt. To Plant 1.5 Million Trees Across Forest Reserves

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun state government said it is planting about 1.5million trees in 2017.

This is to regenerate seven of its depleted forest reserves, which have been degraded to about 5% of their original capacity by activities of illegal timber operators across its forest in the state.

This disclosure was made by the State Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kola Lawal, during the International Day of Forestry with the theme ” Forests Energy” held in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Commissioner said that the state government is reviewing its various laws on forestry to strengthen existing laws, and recommend stricter punishment for illegal operators across the state.

”We have nine forest reserves in Ogun state, seven out of the nine have been degraded to about 5% of their original capacity but the state government under Governor Ibikunle Amosun, has done a lot in its afforestation programme, for example, in 2016 we planted 500,000 seedlings, this year (2017) we are planning to plant 1.5 million seedlings so that we can regenerate our forest reserves”.

”We know the government alone cannot do it, that is why we are frightening our relationship with private investors and private sectors”, he said.

The Commissioner further said: ”The current forestry laws in place was last reviewed in 2006 but because of the governor’s mission to rebuild the state, we are reviewing the existing laws because they can no longer stand the challenges of the current time, this you are going to see in the next couple of months when the reviewed laws are going to be presented to the State House of Assembly for passage”

” Most of the laws are obsolete, that is why we need to have a look at them with a view of reviewing them, there are some without punitive measures which allow these people to do whatever they like in the reserves, we know we should strengthen and enhance the law to be able to arrest the situation” he concluded.

Ogun Govt. Orders Occupants To Vacate Defective Structures

Ogun Govt. Orders Occupants To Vacate Defective StructuresThe Ogun State Government has warned owners and occupants of structurally defective buildings in the state to vacate them or report to the appropriate agency of government for structural assessment to avert possible disaster.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mrs Yetunde Dina, gave the warning while inspecting a partially collapsed building at Ojo lane, Olomore in Abeokuta which claimed the life of an occupant.

Mrs Dina, who commiserated with the family of the deceased, said the building was reported to be structurally defective with cracks around it before the ill-fated partial collapse.

She noted that the occupants had been earlier directed to vacate the dilapidated building as it had been marked for demolition, affirming that the Ministry would go ahead with the demolition to avert further calamity.

The Permanent Secretary said another four storey building also collapsed on Sunday at Leme along Abiola Way in the Ogun State capital.

She explained that the developers of the building in question, which was under construction before the unfortunate incident, used inferior materials and failed to comply with necessary building standards.

Mrs Dina told reporters that although no casualty was recorded at Leme, government would leave no stone unturned at investigating the immediate and remote causes and bring the culprits to book.

Ogun Govt. Commits To Education Development

Ogun Govt. Commits To Education DevelopmentThe Ogun State Government has expressed its resolve to continue to invest reasonably in education, in order to reposition the sector and improve human capital development index of the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, stated this at the 11th Matriculation Ceremony of the Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa in Ado-Ota/Ota Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner also affirmed that providing quality education for people of the state remains top in government’s agenda.

She congratulated the new students on their admission, tasking them to take optimal advantage of the opportunity at their disposal to pursue their dreams.

Mrs Mujota informed them that their grades at the end of their studies would be determined by their performances from the beginning of the session.

“The grades you will make will be determined by your performance from this very beginning and your ultimate grace is a potential key to unlock opportunities in the labour market”, she advised.

Also addressing the new students, Rector of the Institute, Mrs Funke Akinkurolere, advised them to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations of the institution, as it would not condone indiscipline or any act that could undermine the integrity of the school.

The establishment of Science and Technical Colleges across the three senatorial districts of Ogun State is to produce middle level man-power and make the students become self-reliant upon graduation.

Ogun State Govt. Advocates Community Service For Prisoners

Ogun State Govt. Advocates Community Service For PrisonersThe Ogun State government is advocating a paradigm shift from custodian sentencing to community based services for prisoners with mild civil cases as an alternative to imprisonment.

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the State, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, said this at his office in Abeokuta, during a familiarization visit by the leadership of the Nigeria Peace Corps, Ogun State Command.

The commissioner noted that his ministry had forwarded an Administration of Criminal Justice Bill to the State House of Assembly for necessary legislative considerations, adding that the clamour for a shift to Community Based Services for less civil cases, was consequent upon the need to decongest prisons formations.

“We want to shift emphasis to community sentencing reforms in terms of taking retribution, we want to begin to look at how we can make the community safe with a view to engaging our people to contribute their quota to the development of the State’”, the commissioner said.

He however commended the Corps for instilling discipline and curbing hooliganism among school children in the state.

Furthermore, he complemented the government’s efforts on security, saying that the Ibikunle Amosun led-administration places high premium on security of lives and property and “Without good security, growth becomes a mirage,” he added.

Speaking earlier, the Corps’ Deputy State Commandant (Administration), Mr Olufemi Akinyemi, stated that the visit was meant to familiarise and synergize with the Ministry of Justice on a legal framework towards functioning inter-dependently with other security agencies across the state.

Akinyemi, said the organisation under his supervision, had been able to curb social vices among school children since the commencement of operations in the state.

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.

Ogun Lassa Fever: Hospital Says Disease Contained

Lassa Fever, Ogun, Disease The management of a Federal Medical Centre in Idi Aba says necessary measures have been put in place by the institution to curtail the spread of Lassa fever in Ogun State.

The declaration follows the death of an assistant chief nursing officer on Tuesday as a result of the disease outbreak in Abeokuta, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, who confirmed the incident, said that about 196 primary contacts with the victim and possible secondary contacts were being monitored with a view to keeping a tab on them.

He had also said that though the primary source of the new case was yet to be identified, the case was being investigated.

Speaking on the development on Wednesday, the Acting Chief Medical Director, Mr Kehinde Ohunyinbo, told reporters that the area where the deceased was attended to had been decontaminated while isolated centre and other necessary things meant for treatment have been put in place.

He assured the people of the state of safety in the institution.

Mr Ohunyinbo, however, said the centre was ready for any eventuality, as they work hand-in-hand with the Ogun State government to curtail the spread of the virus.

Lassa Fever Resurfaces In Ogun State

lassa fever in Ogun StateThe Ogun State government has confirmed a new case of Lassa fever in the state in southwest Nigeria.

The disease reportedly claimed the life of an assistant chief nursing officer at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

The incident was confirmed on Tuesday by the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye.

Mr Ipaye said that about 196 primary contacts with the victim and possible secondary contacts were being monitored with a view to keeping a tab on them.

He noted that though the primary source of the new case was yet to be identified, the case is being investigated.

Necessary precautions are being taken to curtail the spread of the disease, he stated.

The commissioner urged the people of the state not to exercise any unnecessary apprehension over the development.

He, however, asked them to always maintain a high level of personal hygiene to nib possible infection in the bud.

After the outbreak of the disease was reported in some other states in September, the Ogun State government assured residents that it had activated its disease surveillance and notification structures to detect any case of Lassa fever on time and deploy appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease.