13 States Complete N-Power Verification

13 States Complete NPower Verification13 states of Nigeria’s federation have submitted verified lists of graduates engaged under the N-Power job creation programme of the federal government.

This comes as the government prepares to commence the payment of monthly stipends to the 200,000 graduates drawn from all 36 states.

A statement from the Office of the Vice President says some of the graduates have been deployed to their primary places of assignment, and payment of the 30,000 naira stipends will commence this month.

The states that have completed the verification include Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Cross Rivers, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina and Kogi States.

Ogun Govt. Begins Verification Of N-Power Applicants

N-power, OgunThe Ogun State government has commenced the verification exercise for the 5,799 beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s social welfare and employment generation scheme, N-Power.

Channels Television crew, who visited some of the verification centres across the three senatorial districts of the state, said unemployed graduates subjected themselves to the screening exercise.

The verification of certificates and other documents was carried out to ascertain the eligibility of the applicants in the state in southwest Nigeria.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor, Mrs Tinuola Sopeju, briefed a gathering on the process of the exercise on Thursday.

Mrs Sopeju explained that the beneficiaries would be clustered into three groups according to their areas of competence.

The beneficiaries are expected to get the sum of 30,000 naira monthly as stipend under the social welfare and empowerment programme.

Some of the applicants commended the government for the initiative.

They also asked for the extension of the programme beyond the stipulated duration of two years.

Ogun To Set Revenue Enhancing And Management Policies

Amosun, Akeredolu, Ondo Governorship ElectionThe Ogun State government says it will formulate financial policies and regulations that will facilitate the achievement of the government revenue fiscal objectives.

It hopes to also achieve a sound management of state’s finance to ensure residents get value for money spent by the government in the 2017 fiscal year.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Oshinowo, made this known while defending the 2017 budget proposal of the ministry before the Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation at the assembly complex in Abeokuta.

He said that the ministry had proposed 4.1 billion Naira as its total expenditure in 2017 budget proposal while 3.9 billion Naira was budgeted for recurrent expenditure with 150 million Naira for capital expenditure.

The Commissioner stated that the ministry generated 20.2 million Naira between January and October and had proposed to generate 25 million Naira in the next fiscal year while 7.5 million Naira was earmarked for the purchase of motor vehicles and seven million Naira for the purchase of office furniture and fittings.

He said that five million Naira was proposed for the repair and rehabilitation of offices buildings while two million Naira would be spent on the purchase of electrical and electronic equipment.

According to him, the ministry will develop statistical system that is capable of meeting information needs of the state towards sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Ogun Govt Trains Youths On Agriculture Businesses

Ogun, Agriculture, YouthsThe Ogun State government has commenced capacity building for youths and unemployed graduates in the state.

The government says the initiative is targeted at boosting the agriculture sector and value chains of the state in southwest Nigeria.

A total of about 80 participants were trained in different aspects of agriculture on Wednesday at the government-owned facility at the Eweje Farm Institute in Abeokuta.

The consultant to Governor Ibikunle Amosu on Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Onadeko, assured the participants that the state government was ready to support them in growing their businesses.

She asked them to group themselves into cooperatives to be able to access government loan facilities at a single digit.

Mrs Onadeko, however, urged them to make themselves readily available for the different programmes being initiated by the state government to be self-employed and self-reliant.

Speakers at the event urged the government to encourage the trainees through modern way of farming, for increased productivity and attract more of participants in the business.

Ogun State Recalls Sacked, Suspended Workers

Ogun State Recalls Sacked, Suspended Workers The Ogun state government has recalled 12 out of the 16 dismissed workers who were sacked over their alleged unethical roles, during the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration, held on October 5, 2016.

This was contained in a statement signed by the State Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi, and made available to journalists in Abeokuta.

The statement added that 19 other workers who were placed on suspension have also been recalled.

Those who were reinstated to the service of the state, were directed to resume duty on January 2, 2017, while the recalled officers were asked to return to work on Monday, December 12, 2016.

The Head of Service explained that the affected workers were recalled following interventions by the national and local leaderships of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), traditional rulers, religious leaders, elders and well-meaning personalities.

Adeyemi noted that the cases of the remaining four dismissed workers, including the State Chairman of the NLC, Akeem Ambali, the State Chairman NUT, Dare Ilekoya, Eniola Atiku and Nola Balogun, were still undergoing evaluation.

Ogun Government To Launch ‘Waste To Energy’ Project

ogun state, waste to wealthThe Ogun state government has revealed its readiness to launch the European Union, (EU) sponsored feasibility study on the ‘Waste to Wealth Energy’ project, aimed at improving power supply in Ogun State.

Billed to be launched on Wednesday, November 9, in Abeokuta by the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the project is to be carried out by the state government in collaboration with Lafarge-Holcim Africa.

It seeks to convert waste generated in the state to energy.

Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, who disclosed this in a statement said: “The project, when completed, will translate our waste to wealth, improve power supply, and promote green energy.

“It will also bring to an end the present practice of dumping waste in land-filled areas or dump sites, in line with our goal of zero waste to dump site.

“The fruit of this effort will be the establishment of thermal power plants in Ogun State, with the pilot plant in Abeokuta,” the Environment Commissioner stated.

Oyeleye also added that the project had received acceptability both from within and outside Nigeria, while considering that as a confirmation of the confidence that people have in the unrelenting efforts of the Governor Amosun-led administration.

“In this wise, the state government secured the support of the European Union (EU) which has agreed to sponsor the feasibility study for the project and in fact made funds available for the immediate takeoff of the feasibility study by a team of international consultants,” Oyeleye said.

The Commissioner who revealed that the feasibility study would involve field trips and house-to-house enumeration, appealed to the people of Ogun State to cooperate fully with the team of assessors, whenever they visit their homes as well as organisations, in the course of the exercise.

“This project is for all the good people of Ogun State and indeed the first of its kind in Nigeria.

He therefore urged them to join efforts with the government in ensuring that citizens get the dividends of democracy.

Among those expected to witness the event include a delegation from the EU, Lafarge-Holcim Africa, members of the Ogun State Executive Council as well as other stakeholders.

Ogun Govt. Dismisses NLC Chairman, 15 Others

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State

Ogun State government has approved the dismissal of the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Akeem Ambali, his vice and the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Dare Ilekoya, and 14 others.

The dismissal was contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the NUT on the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration in Abeokuta.

Similarly, 16 officials of the union were also suspended for their roles in the conduct of the celebration.

The recommendations of the panel signed by the Head of Service, Mr Sola Adeyemi, was approved by the state government for immediate implementation.

A source also said the government had set up an administrative panel of inquiry to look into complaints received from concerned members of the public against the affected officers for their alleged involvement in various acts of misconduct and contravention of extant regulations during the celebration.

The NLC chairman, who was until his dismissal a Deputy Director, Community and Social Development in Sagamu Local Government, was alleged to have been the brain behind the political campaign rally during the celebration.

He was said to have made inflammable and scandalous remarks against the state government, which could have triggered a breach of peace in the state.

The workers were dismissed from service having been found guilty of contravening the Public Service Rules 04401, 04421 (c&d) and 04406 (a).

Those dismissed were A.O Oshin, Nola Balogun, Eniola Atiku, Solaru.O, Adebanjo.T, Akinola.A.S, Oyolola .S.A, Obafemi. O.B, Ogunsola Peter, Akinlade.S.A, Christopher.T.A,Ogunrombi A.A, Azeez.K.I and Taiwo A.O.

Those suspended include Odusanya S.A, Comrade Akapo, Adegbesan J.O, Adelami S.I, Obadara O, Ogunnuga O.A, Ayokambi T.A, Tijani A.A, Adegbesan J.O, Idowu A.O, Olaifa O.A, Bayo Lasore, Ahmodu S.A, Oludotun Oliyide, Tijani Y.A, Awode I.A, Dada O.A and Adesanya Abiola.

The state government subsequently directed appropriate agencies of the state including the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to implement the recommendations with immediate effect.

Ogun Govt. Bans Trucks Above 30 Tonnes On Township Roads

Township roads, Ogun, TrucksOgun State government has outlawed trucks above 30 tonnes plying township roads across the state

The southwest Nigerian state says that the activities of the trucks have been responsible for the bad condition of some of its roads.

The directive was communicated by the Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Lekan Adegbite, at a press briefing on Monday in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

The Commissioner hinted that security agents have been instructed to enforce the order and warned that defaulters would be made to face full sanction, adding that such truck would be impounded.

Mr Adegbite stated further that the offender would be fined 200,000 naira and arraigned before a competent court of jurisdiction.

He also called for the reintroduction of weigh stations and its enforcement to reduce depression on the roads.

The Commissioner noted that the existing road networks were made for vehicles below the 30 tonnes stipulation and insisted that this directive must be obeyed.

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 Govt. Alerts Public On Lassa Fever

Lassa-Fever-in-OgunThe Ogun State Government has assured residents not to exercise unnecessary fear over the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

The government’s call comes on the heels of reported cases of the disease in some states in Nigeria.

In a statement, the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, said that the government has activated its disease surveillance and notification structures.

He explained that the structures would detect any case of Lassa fever on time and deploy appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease.

The Commissioner called on residents to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and ensure all food stock are tightly closed.

He urged members of the public to take note of persistent high fever that has resisted normal antimalarial drugs treatment, stressing that all fluids from an infected person are extremely dangerous.

Health workers were also advised to be at alert by wearing personal protective equipment and observe universal basic precautions.

Mr Ipaye identified the symptoms of the disease as weakness, sore throat, abdominal pains, muscle pain and bleeding from any part of the body such as the eye, nose, mouth, ear and other private parts of the body.

He advised members of the public to report any case of the above symptoms to the nearest general hospital or call the Lassa fever hotline on 09099140121 and 09099140122.

Ogun Govt. Records Success Of Present Administration

Araya Scale Up, Ibikunle Adekunle, Ogun StateThe Ogun State Government, South West Nigeria, says it has attracted over a 100 companies with well over 515 billion Naira Foreign Direct Investment in the last five years of the present administration in the state.

The State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru made the disclosure while on the inspection tour of a private company at the Isheri area of the state.

While assuring business owners, investors in the state of adequate security and conducive atmosphere for business growth and development, the Commissioner was quick to ask them to always fulfill their social responsibilities to communities where they operate.

He also expressed the readiness of the state to collaborate with private sector in the development of infrastructure across the state.

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.