Ondo Govt. Commences Verification Exercise For Allottees Of Forest Reserves

As part of Ondo State Government’s efforts to restore orderliness to the forest reserves across the state, a verification exercise has commenced to identify and clear allotees in the forest reserves.

To achieve this, allotees who have compartments in the forest reserves have been charged to bring all the necessary documents needed for clearance.

The Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr Dally Salau, made this known in Akure, the state capital, where he warned that the era of lawlessness and disobedience has gone.

He stressed that the verification became necessary in order to identify true owners of compartments, saying this would go a long way to putting a stop to the issue of encroachment in the Forest Reserve.

Mr Salau said the Task Force has been able to impound some vehicles in the forest and on the roads carrying logs, while logging activities is still on hold.

He warned that no logging activity should be carried out until the forest reserves are reopened.

“I want to use this opportunity to advice our allottees to come out early for the verification exercise. They should bring out all the documents required for the exercise, so they can be cleared.

“This is vital so that the government would have a better position to formulate policies particularly in the Forest reserve.

“To avoid encroachment into the Forest reserves, government has inaugurated the Task Force on Forestry and Anti- Encroachment. They are put in place in the state to ensure that people do not move into the reserves until it is reopened by the state government.

“Now that the free areas have been opened, the Task Force would be more active to ensure that the order is enforced and obeyed.

“Let them (allotees and contractors) obey this order first, then the government would decide.

“The regime of orderliness has come. We cannot be operating in a state of anarchy, disobedience or lawlessness. We have to ensure that law, justice, fairness, peace and equity are restored and obeyed in our Forest Reserves”, Mr Saliu stated.

Lassa Fever: Ondo State Begin Sensitisation Programme

lassa fever, ondo stateThe Ondo State government has commenced a sensitisation programme on Lassa Fever for health workers in the state.

The state’s Ministry of Health started the awareness programme on Friday, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the viral disease in the state.

In a chat with reporters, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, disclosed that the essence of the programme was to be battle ready for any single case of Lassa Fever in the state.

He indicated that the sensitisation would start ‎with health workers, as most of the recent cases of the fever had health workers involved.

The Commissioner equally informed reporters that all necessary drugs and consumables had been dispatched to all the local government areas of the state.

However, during the programme, which was held in Akure, the capital of the State, the Resource Person, Dr. Akinola Fatiregun, from the World Health Organisation, said that the disease was first reported in Nigeria in 1969.

He stated that it was widespread in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

According to him, the mode of transmission is from rat to human and also from human to human.

The Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Taiwo Oni, also stated that with the knowledge that the disease had reoccurred in Anambra and Delta States, the emergency preparedness unit swung into action in order to curtail any occurrence in the State.

Lassa Fever may not be an easily identifiable disease, but the deadly nature of the virus is making the Ondo State government to alert health workers on the need to be battle ready should there be any outbreak in the state.

On Monday, August 22, the Delta State Commissioner for Health, Nicholas Azinge, confirmed a fresh case of Lassa fever and the death of a medical doctor who owned a hospital in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.

Ondo State Wants Herdsmen Identified And Registered

Cattle herdsmenThe Ondo State government has begun plans to ensure that all herdsmen and their cattle engaging in grazing are registered and identified.

According to the State government the decision is aimed at ending the recurrent crisis between farmers and herdsmen.

Many farmers in the State have engaged in conflict with herdsmen, who they claim usually invade their farms with their cattle to destroy their crops.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, made known the decision of the State government on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ forum with farmers and herdsmen at the Police officers mess in Akure, the capital of the State.

In her speech, the Commissioner of Police stressed the need for peace and justice in the society, noting that without peace there could not be development.

She directed that young children should not be allowed to direct herds of cattle any longer, as many of them were not able to handle the cattle very well.

A representative of the farmers, the Chairman of Ondo State Agricultural Commodities Association, Samuel Olotu, also emphasised the need for all the herdsmen in the State to be identified.

The General Secretary of the Mayetti Allah Cattle Traders Association in Ondo State, Baba Umar, also appealed to the government to provide grazing areas for their cattle.

Ondo Celebrates 40 Years Of Existence, 7 Years Of Mimiko

On this edition of #Metrofile on Channels Television, we take a trip to Ondo State to celebrate with the government and people of the state during the dinner to mark the 40th anniversary of its creation and 7yrs of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration.

FG Needs To Proffer Solutions To Nigeria’s Economic Crisis – Anyaoku

AnyaokuFormer Secretary General of Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, says there is an urgent need for the Federal Government to constitute an economic team that will proffer solutions to the present economic crisis in Nigeria.

Anyaoku made this statement while addressing a gathering at a symposium in Akure, the capital of Ondo State on the theme: “Curtailing Nigeria’s centrifugal forces”.

He disagreed with some individuals and groups calling for the devaluation of the naira.

The forum was organised by the Ondo State Government in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state and the 7th anniversary of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration.

Governor Mimiko expressed fear that the centrifugal forces militating against Nigeria is getting stronger by the day and prayed they do not end up dividing the nation.

He ‎insisted that Nigeria cannot make a quantum leap into the 21st century without restructuring.

Ondo To Partner NEPC On Cocoa Production

OndoThe Ondo State government is set to partner with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in the area of processing and export of cocoa and some other agricultural commodities.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NEPC, Segun Awolowo (Junior), was in Ondo State to meet with Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the relevant stakeholders in the sector towards realising the said objective.

Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday, Governor Mimiko called for partnership with the Federal government and corporate organisations in improving the production of cocoa and other agricultural commodities.

He emphasised the need to complete and put to use, the Akure airport which is a cargo airport ‎in handling commodities for export.

Cocoa is Nigeria’s second largest export product and Ondo State in Nigeria’s southwest region and the largest cocoa producing state in the country.

Hence, there is need to improve on its production and export, especially at the period where there is a fall in the price of crude oil in the international market.

Ondo Flags Off Immunization Campaign Against Measles

MeaslesThe Ondo State Government has flagged off the 2016 campaign against Measles, a childhood killer disease.

The 3-day immunization exercise is targeted at children from the age of 9 months to 5 years.

The flag off ceremony was held at the premises of the State Specialist Hospital in Akure, the state capital.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, gave the assurance that all eligible children in the state would be immunized against measles.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju,‎ urged the gathering to be aware and as well spread the good news that measles is preventable, treatable and curable.

He also gave the assurance that deaths by measles can be reduced by 79%.

A Director at the Ondo State Primary‎ Health Care Development Board, Dr. Yetunde Olagbuji, expressed the readiness of health workers in all the 18 Local Government Areas in the state for the 3-day exercise.

The exercise organised by Ondo State Government, is to complement the National Immunization Schedule‎ by the Federal Ministry of Health.

Hajj Stampede: Ondo Govt. Calls For Intensified Action On Missing Victims

hajj stampede-ondoThe Ondo State Government has called on the Nigeria Pilgrims Commission to take appropriate steps toward finding the missing victims of the Hajj pilgrimage stampede which happened in Mina, Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Yemi Mahmud-Fasominu, made the demand on Monday while briefing reporters in Akure, the State Capital.

According to her, four pilgrims from Ondo State have been found dead as a result of suffocation of the stampede. She equally lamented that six of the pilgrims were still missing, over one month after the unfortunate incident.

Mrs Fasominu said that special prayers would be said on Friday for the victims of the disaster and their relatives in all Mosques in Ondo State.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, also gave assurance that the relatives of the victims of the stampede would be adequately compensated, as it was an international disaster.

Over 2,000 pilgrims from 42 countries all over the world, including Nigeria, lost their lives in the stampede.‎ A total of about 222 Nigerians have been confirmed dead while 150 are still missing.

The stampede took place on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, where pilgrims stay for several days during the climax of the Hajj.

Recently, President Buhari ordered the National Hajj Commission and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the aftermath of the disaster.

Some of the states that lost pilgrims to the stampede are Bauchi, Borno, Zamfara, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto and Taraba.

Ondo Workers Protest Non-Payment Of Outstanding Salaries

ondo workersWorkers of Ondo State Government have staged a peaceful protest demanding for the payment of their two months outstanding salaries and deductions.

The workers, on Tuesday morning, commenced the protest at the office of the Accountant-General of the State, Frederick Ajibokun.

They trekked to the Governor’s Office chanting solidarity songs and demanding for the release of the bailout package to pay their salaries.

Addressing the aggrieved workers at the entrance of the Governor’s Office, the Head of Ondo State Civil Service, Toyin Akinkuotu, pleaded with them to exercise patience with the government.

Mr Akinkuotu informed them that Governor Mimiko had given the directive that as soon as the mop up exercise of the verification is concluded in all the ministries, departments and agencies, the salary deductions would be paid.

Ondo Organises Sensitization Programme For 2014 World Aids Day

ondooThe Ondo State government has organised a sensitization programme to commemorate the 2014 World Aids Day.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko, in his address at the programme which was organised by the State Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ODSACA), disclosed that the State Government has been able to reach the vulnerable groups including female sex workers, uniformed men, artisans, the disabled, transporters and students with prevention interventions in Akure South and Ondo West Local Government Areas of the State.

Governor Mimiko, was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Kola Ademujimi, said 510 orphans and vulnerable children affected by the menace are beneficiaries of educational materials.

The State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi at the venue presented some educational materials including textbooks, notebooks, schoolbags and first aid materials to some of the orphans present

Ondo Assembly Speaker Dies Of Cancer

The Ondo State Government has announced the death of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adesina Samuel Ajayi, representing  Odigbo Constituency 2.

According to a statement from the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Aderotimi Adelola, the late speaker during his life time was a bridge builder, a man of integrity and a reliable team player who placed the interest of the state above personal consideration.

The untimely death of the Speaker occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, February 25, 2014 during a protracted battle with the Cancer of the Urinary bladder.

The Ondo State Government said that it received the news with rude shock and disbelief and commiserates with the family of the late Speaker, the state legislature as well as the entire people of the state on the irreparable loss.

They prayed that God would grant every one the fortitude to bear the loss.

He was aged 52.

Ondo In Sister-State Partnership With Maryland

Ondo State government has signed a sister-state Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maryland in the United States of America.

The Sister-State relationship offers opportunities for social and economic vitality.

Ondo state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, signed on behalf of the Ondo State while Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland signed on behalf of Maryland.

The MoU is to establish links between local governments in the states and empower all sectors of participating communities in the global arena, thereby unleashing citizen diplomacy for development.

It is also meant to leverage on global cooperation, occasioning national inter-dependence.

Governor O’Malley at the signing of the MoU, said the idea is to strengthen relationship between the two states.

He said there are 23,000 Nigerians, many of whom are from Ondo State resident in Maryland who will help deepen the relationship being consummated.

Describing the Ondo State Governor as “one of the most progressive and forward looking Governors in Nigeria”, O’Malley promised to help tackle challenges such as food security, energy security and others facing the two states.

“The things he has been able to do in the areas of health, education and community development are quite remarkable,” O’Malley stated.

In his remarks, Governor Olusegun Mimiko said his government will leverage on the partnership for the development and general well-being of the people of Ondo state.

More than ten provinces, states and prefectures across the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and America are involved in the sister state relationship of the State of Maryland.