“It was during our tour of schools that we discovered the failure of some teachers to comply with posting instructions, while some of them were collecting illegal money from the pupils.
“So far, we have discovered that some saboteurs are among the teachers, who are flouting the State Government’s directives and pulling down our efforts to sanitise the teaching system in the State,” he said.
The SUBEB boss described the acts of the teachers as unruly, adding that the government would set up a standing disciplinary committee to handle such misdemeanours.
“We discovered that the absence of supervision and monitoring of educational activities in the State has given so much room for impunity and indiscipline. We will not allow this to happen henceforth,” he added.
The SUBEB chairman concluded that the suspended teachers would face a disciplinary committee set up by the board and the committee has been mandated to ensure a thorough probe of the allegations and give all concerned fair hearing.
Deputy governor of the state, Rauf Olaniyan, while receiving the returnees said a need assessment exercise and proper profiling will be carried out with the help of relevant agencies to ensure the returnees are appropriately empowered.
Olaniyan assured that the Oyo State Government is ready to empower them after proper profiling and need-assessment survey is carried out.
While giving them the monetary gift, the deputy governor advised the returnees to be creative by identifying and tapping into the various investment and job opportunities in the state.
He pointed to the various funding opportunities by the Bank of Industry (BOI), and urged them to come up with business proposals.
Director of Media, Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Abdulrahman Balogun, who led the returnees said the Federal Government is committed to taking care of all Nigerians irrespective of where they were across the world.
He noted that the government would now embark on reorientation, reintegration, and empowerment of the returnees.
One of the returnees, Mr Lawal Bolatito said he is ready to begin work as soon as possible especially in the field of agriculture.
The Oyo State Government has announced that it will commence a total enforcement of its laws on environmental sanitation, street trading, illegal motors parks, land grabbing, urban and physical planning, across the state.
The state government stated that beggars and the destitute littering the state will also be removed from the streets.
State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Issac Ishola, noted that most of the destitute on the streets and under bridges have a right to survival as well as good living either by reuniting them with their families or handing them over to collaborating non-Governmental organisations.
He said that adequate sensitization and enlightenment have been carried out to stop street trading, poor sanitation habits, illegal motor parks.
“Street trading is an act of violating the Environmental Sanitation Laws of the State as section 13 of the law states that no one should engage in street trading”.
He explained that a 12-man task force headed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor Dr Gbade Ojo has been set up by the state government to enforce and ensure compliance of environmental sanitation.
“The government is ready to get rid of the filth, unhygienic environment and haphazard development in the state”.
The Commissioner said that the state government is not interested in creating hardship for the people for the people but desires compliance with the environmental sanitation and waste management laws of the state government in fulfilment of the Ajimobi administration’s desire to build a modern Oyo State.
He called on traditional rulers, religious, community and market leaders to join hands with the state government in ensuring compliance with environmental sanitation regulations in order to ensure a healthier, cleaner and investor-friendly environment.
“We want to achieve total compliance with the state environmental laws, the cooperation of the traditional rulers, community and market leaders cannot be overemphasised.
“It is expedient to use an alternative method if the current ones are not yielding positive results.
“We see the issue of our environment and sanitation as a collective responsibility, therefore, all hands must be on deck to ensure a healthier, cleaner environment”, he added.
Oyo State Government has warned groups and individuals against activities capable of disrupting Saturday’s Local Government Election and party congresses.
Noting that security operatives have been put on the ground to ensure peaceful conduct of both exercises.
In a statement by the Executive Assistant on Politics to the Governor, Dr. Morohunkola Thomas, said that the warning became necessary following the fresh plans by dissident groups and their sympathisers within the All progressives Congress to cause mayhem on Saturday.
Following the scuttling of the initial plans of the group to burn down the state secretariat of the APC, he said that intelligence revealed that they are restrategising to disrupt the peace of the land and render the LG election and congresses inconclusive.
The government said that necessary security arrangements have been put in place to protect lives and property and to ensure that residents exercise their franchise without let or hindrance.
According to him, latest intelligence has revealed that the members of the Unity Forum are planning to use their thugs to unleash terror on the innocent electorate and loyal members of the APC.
He said that the government appealed to all citizens, including the self-styled Unity Forum to embrace peace and allow the elections to hold in a peaceful atmosphere in the overall interest of the state and sanctity of democracy.
“The government has put security operatives on red alert to ensure the safety of election officials and voters. It has, therefore, become necessary to warn groups and individuals bent on fomenting trouble on Saturday to have a rethink.
“The law of the land is no respecter of anybody, no matter his or her position in the society. As leaders in their own right, those crying blue murder should rise above pettiness and join hands with the government and our great party.
“The government is using this opportunity to caution all political parties, including APC and their followers against any act of violence before, during and after the local government election and party congresses. The full weight of the law will be visited on troublemakers without discrimination.
“The government wishes to tell the public that an earlier interim injunction stopping the LG election had been vacated by a Federal High Court, Ibadan, thus clearing obstacles before the conduct of the election.”
The Thailand Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Wattana Kunwongse and the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), have commended what they described as the ‘ingenuity’ of the Oyo State Government in the fight against illicit drugs.
Both men gave the commendation when they visited Governor Abiola Ajimobi at his office in Ibadan, the state capital.
Kunwongse said: “What Oyo state has done in response to the discovery of the land used in the cultivation of cannabis fell within the novel idea of UNODC, which is to help countries extend opportunities in broadening economic capacities and earn foreign currencies. The ingenuity is commendable.
“This visit is geared towards enhancing cooperation to develop potential in countries under the AD plan, because of a fruitful discussion between myself and the Chairman of the NDLEA at Abuja recently.”
Also, the NDLEA boss said Oyo was the first state in the country to convert a land that was formerly being used for planting marijuana to plant legally acceptable agricultural products.
He told his host that the AD approach being introduced in the state had received the blessing of UNODC’s Executive Director in Vienna, Austria, Mr Yury Fedetov.
Abdallah said, “The last time I was in Vienna, Mr Yury Fedetov was briefed about the situation in Oyo State and he expressly gave his nod to the possibility of cooperation between Thailand and Oyo State on AD plan.
“This visit will further cement that agreement and I’m confident that we will soon reach a workable agreement and cooperation on this.”
Responding, the governor disclosed that the state had already created a committee for the AD project, which he said would cover agriculture, health, culture, and tradition, which he said would take off in the next three months.
Ajimobi stated, “Your visit to Oyo State will go a long way in developing a bilateral relationship which will lead to more economic benefits for the state.
“We have already set the ball rolling by creating our own committee which will come up with a list of what to do and our relationship will be based on commercial, industrial and trade. We believe, and we are anxious to see something tangible starting in the next three months.”
The Oyo State Government has offered free screening and treatment for individuals with a persistent cough suspected to be Tuberculosis (TB).
The screening of the residents in the state was in commemoration with the 2018 World Tuberculosis Day, with the theme “Find and notify all TB cases in Nigeria”
The state Commissioner Dr Adeduntan Azeez said on Saturday that the free screening and treatment initiative of the state administration is to reduce the spread of TB in the society, noting that all health facilities in the 33 Local Government Areas and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) have been mandated and mobilised to effectively carry out TB screening and treatment.
March 24 of every year is a day set aside by the World Health Organization which has been recongised since 1882 as the World Tuberculosis Day.
Tuberculosis is a disease that affects all ages and kills nearly 500 people every day due to lack of access to treatment.
Dr Adeduntan added that over 10.4 million people had TB death in 2017 and there were 1.8 million TB deaths in 2016 making it the top infectious killer disease worldwide.
“Nigeria is ranked 5th among the 22 Countries of the world with highest TB burden coming up from previous 4th position in 2010.
“This is the result of scale up and expansion of TB treatment centre as an implementation strategy across all states in Nigeria”.
He allayed the fears that Individuals suffering from TB need not be isolated once they are on treatment but should be encouraged by the community to attend clinic regularly, as tuberculosis can be completely cured provided the treatment started early and drugs are taken regularly for the stipulated length of time required.
The Commissioner reiterated on the need to create a neat and healthier environment in the state, saying that the state government will continue to prioritise cleanliness of its environment.
As the world celebrated the 2018 International Day of Forest (IDF), the Oyo State Government has warned members of the public to desist from illegal tree felling and indiscriminate bush burning.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Oyewole Oyewumi gave this warning, on Wednesday, at 2018 International Day of Forest (IDF) celebration at Methodist Grammar School, Bodija area, Ibadan.
The Commissioner explained that the government has placed surveillance on the forest reserves to apprehend those who are involved in the illegal act, adding that offenders will be punished accordingly.
Oyewumi who was represented by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s special adviser on Agriculture, Professor Adetokunbo Adekunle noted that the importance of trees in our society cannot be over-emphasized.
The environment without trees is prone to hazard, therefore Oyewunmi said it is advisable for all to plant at least a tree, to ensure a greener environment.
He said further that the present administration in the State has restored all depleted forests through collaboration with the local and foreign investors to ensure afforestation.
According to him, the government has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the private investors on the need for reforestation of the degraded forest reserves.
While planting the trees to commemorate 2018 International Day of Forest, Oyewumi, however, called on all to imbibe tree planting, adding that planting of trees is now necessary in order to achieve greener, healthier, happier and sustainable environment.
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has appealed to the striking state-owned higher institutions that his administration is prepared to increase their subventions.
The governor said this would be achieved as soon as government’s renewed efforts to improve its revenue-base begin to bear fruits.
Ajimobi, who made the appeal while inaugurating the governing councils of the tertiary institutions owned by the state, at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan sought the understanding of the striking workforce.
The affected institutions are The Polytechnic, Ibadan; Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa; College of Education, Lanlate; The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki; Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo; and the College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo-Ora.
The workers had embarked on strike due to irregular payment of salaries, which they blamed on the decision of the state government to reduce their subventions to 25 percent of the original sum.
The government had, in turn, emphasized that the dwindling accruals to the state, triggered by the pervading recession, called for belt-tightening measures, including a reduction in subventions to MDAs.
In his address to the new governing council chairmen, the governor had explained that it was wrong to tie payment of salaries of tertiary institutions to the discretionary subventions coming from the government.
He explained that it was the responsibility of the governing council of the institutions to mobilize revenue for the running of the institutions, including payment of salaries, while the government augments with subvention that it could afford.
Ajimobi said, “For varying lengths of time, the institutions have been shut down by the trade unions who are demanding prompt payment of salaries and allowances to their members. This is a challenging time in the lives of these institutions you are coming in.
“Let it be noted that the state government is not responsible for the payment of salaries and allowances to staff of tertiary institutions. The government is simply obliged to assist these institutions through the periodic release of subventions, as it is the global practice.
“The current recession in the state, in particular, has necessitated 25 per cent reduction in our traditional subvention figures since April 2016. This should hopefully be revised upward as soon as the economy of the state improves.”
The governor tasked the new governing council members to evolve new strategies towards rejigging the institutions with ideas and management strategies that would make each of them stronger.
To be self-sustaining, he challenged them to work out their survival and growth strategies through revenue generation from traditional sources and other ingenious means.
Ajimobi said, “We expect you to breathe a new lease of life into these institutions rather than come as a new set of problems in search of solutions.
“The governing council, as in all tertiary institutions, is the ultimate authority of the institution. Generally, you are responsible for the overall management of the affairs of the institutions and the deliberate promotion of their objectives.
“I am persuaded that you are equal to the task of actualizing the desire of this government. After all, it is usually in the character of the valiant to confront adversity head-on. I therefore implore you all to go forth and demonstrate creativity, commitment required to succeed in the onerous task ahead.”
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Chairman, Governing Board of The polytechnic, Ibadan, Professor Adebayo Adeyemi, thanked the governor for counting them worthy of the assignments.
He promised that the councils would hit the ground running on resumption of academic activities at all the institutions, adding that short, medium and long-term strategies would be used to turn around the fortune of the institutions.
Adeyemi said, “On behalf of others, I want to appreciate the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi for taking time out and being meticulous in selecting members of these councils.
“I assure all the people of the state that normal academic work will start soon in all the institutions as we all have met before this inauguration to discuss and find solutions to this; and also to find short, medium and long-term strategies to help drive knowledge economy in Oyo State.”
The Oyo State Government has vowed to eradicate any form of quack practices in all private medical facilities and government owned hospitals.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, made the pledge while receiving Oyo State House Committee on Health, which paid him a visit on budget performance, in his office in Ibadan during the week.
Adeduntan explained that the expectations of the general public and indigenes of Oyo State are high as they want something good to showcase by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration, noting that the State’s Task Force which was set up to sanitize private health facilities in the health sector is yielding positive results as some of the private health practitioners have complied with the rules and regulations guiding their operations.
He re-assured residents of the State of quality health care delivery, reiterating that funds realized from the N50billion Oyo State Health Endowment Fund will be spent on the upgrade of all medical facilities in the 6 geo-political zones in the State.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, Oyo State House Committee on Health, Hon. Silas Adelere Okunlola, said that the purpose of their visitation was to let the Ministry of Health know that the Nigerian Constitution empowered the House Committees to monitor the expenditure of the State, Consolidated Revenue Fund and monitor the level of implementation of government policies.
Hon. Okunlola said that the House scored the budget performance of the Ministry of Health very high.
The Oyo State government has launched 50billion naira endowment to improve healthcare delivery.
The state governor Abiola Ajimobi said the just launched health insurance in the state will be made mandatory for every resident of the state in order to make quality health care the right of every resident and record success of the initiative.
Gov. Ajimobi who made the declaration at the launching of 50 billion naira endowment fund for the health sector said his administration is poised to totally transform and reposition hospitals in the state for quality health care delivery.
The governor further noted that the fund raiser said the economic realities confronting the nation has made partnership with the private sector the wise choice.
He added that the just introduced health insurance for the state will be made mandatory for all.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Health, Dr Azzez Adeduntan noted that the endowment fund is a global initiative aimed at providing infrastructure for all the government owned 622 primary health care centres and 57 hospitals sprawled across the state, to equip them with drugs and consumables.
He added that a state of the art cardiovascular centre at the Adeoyo state hospital is underway and will be equipped with a sub unit for dialysis for renal and cancer patients.
The 50 billion naira endowment will be driven in the next two years to provide much-needed infrastructure for all the 622 primary health care facilities and 57 general hospitals in the state.
The Oyo Government says more than 1600 civil servants and teachers have benefited from local and overseas capacity building and training programme, since the beginning of the Ajimobi-led administration.
The governor disclosed this while declaring open a capacity development programme organized by the state government for management and senior staff in the state civil service, at the Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The Special Adviser to the Governor, Efficiency Unit, Dr. Isaac Ayandele, was billed to deliver a lecture on theme of the programme, ‘Work ethics and attitudinal change for effective and efficient service delivery’ at the workshop.
Ajimobi, who described the civil service as the engine room of the government, said it was imperative to update, train and retrain the personnel to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness.
He said, “I will rather suggest that this training programme be tagged human capacity training for change. Because, those who fail to change are usually carried away by that change. The essence of governance is to promote the well-being of the citizenry.
“The civil service is the engine room of the civil service. If the engine malfunctions, the vehicle will not work well. For the optimum effectiveness of the engine room, the service must be overhauled, restructured and re-oiled.”
Senator Ajimobi urged workers to endeavor to aim high in their callings, saying that to think positive in their works would lead to positive achievements.
The governor used the opportunity to admonish civil servants against lateness to work, delay in treatment of files, rumor mongering among other bad behaviours capable of affecting their productivity.
He said his administration had worked consistently towards quality control through continuous verification of workers’ certificates, punctuality, and other service records, adding that the state government would also continue to reward excellent performance.
Ajimobi added, “Your thoughts have ways of impacting on your efficiency. Attitudes like lateness to work, delay in treating files, rumor mongering would naturally affect your productivity. “I enjoin you to support the government in moving the state forward by changing your values, habit and behavior towards the service.
“With the level we have maintained quality control in the state civil service through verification of certificates and close monitoring at work posts, we have today a corps of civil servants that will continue to enhance productivity and as a result grow our society.”
In his welcome address, the Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade, said that the capacity building programme was necessitated by the prevailing situation in the civil service as part of restructuring process of the administration.
Eniade admonished participants to take advantage of the programme, which, he said, would produce a policy document on attitudinal and ethical standard for smooth public service at all levels.
The Oyo State Government says it has taken delivery of about 25 tons worth of fertilizers for the benefit of farmers in the state, at no cost.
This is in a bid to provide food production in the state.
While receiving the farming imputes on behalf of the state government at the state’s Ministry of Agriculture zonal offices at Awe in Oyo town and Tede in Atisbo Local Government Area of the state respectively, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Mr. Fajimi Shakrulahi stated that the gesture was in line with the state government resolve to create an enabling environment for would-be investors to invest in the state.
He disclosed that the initiative behind the 25 tons of fertilizers and seedlings delivered to the state to boost rice production was a specialized programme between the state government, Dangote and farmers in the state.
According to him, the project was a pilot programme, which the state government would serve a guarantor for the farmers.
“We have selected about two hundred and ninety two farmers that have one hectare of land each and above for this programme. All these imputes you are seeing are going to be giving to the farmers according to the number of hectares they have.”
“So, after planting, Dangote will now be the off-taker. It will get the harvested rice back from the farmers at specified rates,” he disclosed.
The governor’s aide pointed out that this season, the state government would embark on plantation for five hundred hectares, while disclosing that another six thousand hectares plantation would similarly be embarked upon next year.
He noted that farmers earmarked for the plantation had been selected, adding that they have paid visit to their farms to ascertain their level of readiness for the programme.
“The state government has mandated the state’s Ministry of Agriculture to resuscitate all depleted forestry for agricultural purposes,” adding that the plan of the governor was to develop the rice farmers and boost food production in the state.