Oyo Govt. Proscribes NURTW, Takes Over Motor Parks

 

The Oyo State Government has proscribed all activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) until further notice.

The Chief of Staff, Bisi Ilaka who briefed newsmen shortly after a meeting with security chiefs and government at the Governor’s office in Ibadan the state capital said the move is aimed at maintaining peace and order within the state.

“After today’s deliberation of the security stakeholders, in a meeting involving security chiefs and the government, we have resolved to proscribe the National Union of Road Transport Workers until further notice. All activities of the union remain illegal henceforth.”

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Ilaka urged all citizens of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation as adequate security has been charged to ensure no fracas ensues in any part of the state.

“We urge the people of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation as the combined security task force in every part of the state has been charged to take control and maintain peace and order.

“To this end, all parks in the state have been taken over by the state government with immediate effect.”

He clarified the dissolution of activities of the local government councils that the administration is following due process as the election which brought them to power initially was a fraud on illegality.

“There was a subsisting injunction prohibiting the holding of the purported election they held, so what they built the elections on was illegality, and we are trying to reverse the position and as a consequence, we dissolved them because it was illegal.

“They will say they ran to court and got an order, but that order was an arrangement to prevent us from doing what we have done”, he added.

Court Adjourns Case On Demolition Of Ayefele’s Music House Till Sept 12

 

 

The Oyo State High Court has adjourned the case instituted by Yinka Ayefele against the Oyo State Government till September 12 for the hearing of applications.

At the hearing of the case on Monday, Justice Iyabo Yerima also asked the parties to file the necessary processes before the adjourned date.

Lead counsel to the State Government in the case, Mr Yomi Alliyu, had, however, claimed that his clients were not aware of and in fact were shocked at the news of the demolition of the claimant’s Music House.

He said, “My clients are men of honour that respect rule of law and constituted authority and would have no reason to demolish the said property”.

Also, Alliyu had earlier stated that his clients were not served with court processes but later admitted to being served when the presiding judge showed him evidence of actual service on the first and second respondents.

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He also noted that he had not personally seen the demolished building adding that the pictures on social media could have been doctored.

Subsequently, he urged the court to adjourn the case until the claimant was able to file an ex parte motion and serve his clients.

He added that filing motion on notice and letter of urgency alone by the claimant was not enough.

The claimant’s counsel, Mr Olayinka Bolanle, on the other hand, told the court that the respondents had gone ahead to demolish the structure despite the suit filed to restrain them from executing the demolition notice on the property.

“After the defendants had become aware of these proceedings, it is sad and unbelievable my lord, that the defendants in the wee hours of Sunday (August 19) went to the property in dispute and demolished it,” Bolanle said.

He then urged the court to stop the defendants from further demolition of the rest of the structure pending the determination of the suit.

Subsequently, the case was adjourned.

Fresh FM’s Music House Contravenes Planning Laws, Oyo Govt Explains

The Oyo State Government has explained that the demolition of a private radio located in Ibadan, the state capital, was not based on sentiments.

The radio station owned by the popular artiste, Yinka Ayefele, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday, a situation which led to protest by residents of Ibadan.

The state government said a notice was earlier served to Music House, Fresh FM 105.9, adding that the contravention notices were served to different organisations in the state since June 14, 2017, including all radio stations in the state.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, disclosed that the contravention notices were served after the government observed that property owners were deviating from the originally approved building plans without seeking approvals from the Oyo State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control.

“The decision of the state government to demand for the building approved plan was not peculiar to Music House, Fresh FM as several companies and institutions such as University of Ibadan, Kola Daisi University, University College Hospital, banks and radio stations in the state were asked to provide their Planning approval.

“The government recently demolished several banks ATM extension and some local government structures in the state,” the statement read in part.

Arulogun said the Music House building approval submitted to the state government was actually meant for an office complex and not a radio station.

According to him, this contravenes the Oyo State Physical Planning and Development Control laws, sections 30, 31 and 32 of the Oyo State Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of 2012.

The Commissioner said another letter was sent to Music House on  June 29, 2018, to submit a fresh building plan application that will reflect the existing structures on site. This, he said, the radio house ignored as the state government received no response end till date.

He said that the deviant posture of the radio station prompted the Bureau to serve a three-day Demolition Notice on August 13, 2018, which expired on the August 15, 2018.

Arulogun said further that the government had received petitions after three fatal accidents occurred around Music House in the last nine months.

According to him, the petitioners urged the government to look at the physical structure of the organisation in relation to the dual carriageway which easily leads to accidents.

Oyo Govt Reopens Bodija Market After Butchers, Police Clash

The Oyo State government has ordered the immediate reopening of Bodija market.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Toye Arulogun told journalists over the weekend that this decision was made after due consultations were made with security agencies and relevant stakeholders of the market.

Arulogun said that adequate security measures have been put in place by the government to forestall any crisis and urged people to go about their normal businesses.

The Oyo State Government had earlier shut down the Bodija market after a clash between police officers and butchers in the market on Thursday.

A police station was burnt during the clash with some persons feared killed.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi during a visit to the burnt police station said his administration would not tolerate hooliganism and thuggery. He assured that the perpetrators of the violence will not go unpunished and the state government will rehabilitate the police station.

The governor explained that the state government have not stopped butchers from selling meat at the Bodija market but ordered that there should be no more slaughtering of cows there due to the poor hygienic condition.

“The newly-constructed  Central Abattoir at Amosun village which the butchers have been ordered to relocate to is an ultra-modern facility equipped with the state-of-the-art facility,” the governor added noting that the government will not hesitate to close the market for unhygienic and unsanitary conditions.

The Commissioner urged the people to go about their normal businesses, praying that God will comfort the families of the victims of mayhem and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Oyo Govt Shuts Down Bodija Market As Butchers, Police Clash

File photo of Bodija market before the clash.

 

The Oyo State Government has announced a shut down of the Bodija market in Ibadan after a clash between police officers and butchers in the market on Thursday.

The announcement of market closure was made on the verified twitter handle of the Oyo State Government @oyostategovt noting that it was shut after gunshots were heard in the market.

“The Oyo State Government has shut down Bodija market for security reasons. This is an aftermath of the sporadic shooting which occurred earlier today in the market and its environs.

“The Aare Laatosa LCDA chairman, Adekunle Oladeji said the closure is to prevent the loss of lives and property of the citizenry. It is also to guard against the escalation of the violence in the market to other parts of the state,” the tweet read.

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The clash follows earlier instruction by the Oyo State Government to the butchers to relocate to the new newly constructed abattoir located at Amosun village, Akinyele Local Government area of Ibadan.

The report of the clash, has however, created panic among Ibadan residents as many has taken to social media to warn others to steer clear of Bodija market and its environs to avoid being a victim of the clash.

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi earlier in April directed butchers in the 11 Local Governments in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to relocate to the newly built multi-billion naira central abattoir.

The governor during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat said the butchers must relocate, latest by the end of April adding that the new abattoir has state-of-the-art facilities that would promote the hygiene of meat consumers.

Oyo Govt. Flags Off Entrepreneurship Programme

Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State, Paris ClubThe Oyo State Government has reiterated its commitment to youth development through a sustained effort of providing entrepreneurial and skill acquisition programmes.

The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Abayomi Oke, disclosed this at the weekend during the kick-off of the Oyo-Ajumose Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship Youth Programme Training Scheme also known as ‘OYO-ABLE’.

The programme was organised by the State Government in conjunction with the Bank of Industry (BOI), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Africa Leadership Foundation (ALF).

Oke explained that the state has been at the forefront of youth development in the country, emphasising government’s readiness to help the youth in the state to build sustainable businesses which will contribute to Nigeria’s GDP and in turn, boost the state’ economy.

“The entrepreneurship programme is mainly for the youth who have established existing business in any vocation and have registered their businesses with CAC.

“The scheme is to initiate a process of acquiring business management, strategic marketing and financial management skills needed for the survival and growth of small businesses.

“I want to note that Oyo state is filling the gap between skills acquisition (vocational training) and entrepreneurship development (Business Management skills), by offering training support where necessary,” he noted.

Oke further explained that the Ministry of Youth and Sports has prepared a more practical and interactive platform for the trainees at the end of the programme, whereby the participants will have access to soft loans needed for expansion of their business.

The Commissioner pointed out that the Oyo State Government, Central Bank of Nigeria with the Africa Leadership Foundation and the Bank of Industry, have developed a collaborative model of mentoring, where mentors meet with the trainees in order to help them build sustainable businesses.

He stressed that: “the goal of mentoring is to give the trainees an opportunity to run their businesses effectively which would contribute to the state’s GDP by being employers of labour.”

He assured the participants that the state Government under the leadership of Senator Abiola Ajimobi will refund the training fee of 5000 Naira which had been paid by the trainees.

While appreciating the Oyo State Government, the project director CBN Entrepreneurship Development, South-West, Ibadan, Dr Olumide Ajayi, said that a monitoring team comprising the Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service and other regulatory agencies, will monitor the business activities of the beneficiaries so as to ensure the maintenance of standard procedures for their businesses.

Oyo Govt. Takes Action On State-Owned Moribund Assets

The Oyo State Government, has disclosed that actions are being taken on the state owned moribund companies, and other wasting assets to relieve government of excessive liabilities and unnecessary government expenditure.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, who disclosed this revealed that the moribund and wasting assets are being reviewed by a committee that will make recommendations for such assets under three main categories, after a thorough determination of their current viability and prospects of future economic benefits.

The three categories which the Moribund and Wasting Assets Committee is expected to recommend such companies for Concession are, Public Private Partnership (PPP) Arrangement and Outright sale.

The commissioner explained that this step is in line with the spirit of the government’s 2017 Budget of Self-Reliance, noting that some of these assets still cost the government a huge expenditure despite their moribund or wasting state.

According to Arulogun, “the theme of the 2017 appropriation is “Budget of Self-Reliance.

“The government wants its assets to yield revenue rather than being waste pipes. “We therefore need to stop the hemorrhage.

“Under any of the three main categories, government will earn revenue and the fortunes of the assets will turn around with strong multiplier effects on the Oyo state economy.

“The Oyo State Government’s conviction is that instead of having these moribund assets lay idle across the state, we want to revamp those that can be revamped, put some on the PPP platform and sell others out rightly.

“However, the government will not rush into taken decisions on these moribund assets.

“The input of relevant stakeholders and the general public will be needed, the committee is consulting widely and still open to more contributions”, he stressed.

The Commissioner also said that the committee has been mandated to follow the principles of due diligence in discharging its responsibilities, explaining that the moribund assets will be subjected to proper inventory, appraisal and valuation before actions are taken on them.

Some of the moribund companies and wasting assets being reviewed are Conpole Limited, Cultural Centre, Nigeria Paper Mill Ibadan, Trans Motel Jericho, Trans Motel Iseyin, Ado Awaye Lake, Bowers Tower, Cashew Ind. Limited, Fasola farms amongst others.

Oyo Govt. Lauded On Initiative To Immortalise Ironsi, Fajuyi

Oyo Govt. Lauded On Initiative To Immortalise Ironsi, FajuyiThe Oyo State Government has been lauded for its initiative to immortalise late General Aguiyi Ironsi and Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi with a Memorial Park and Garden at Lalupon area of the state.

The Nigerian Army, Ironsi family, Fajuyi Foundation, Oyo State House of Assembly and the Lalupon community praised the government for its efforts which they described as one that will not only sustain the heritage but encourage patriotism among the people.

The commendation was given during the working visit and post-site clearing inspection of the proposed Ironsi – Fajuyi Memorial Park and Garden, which is going to serve as a tourist centre.

They noted that developing the assassination site of the two martyrs killed on July 29, 1966 during Nigeria’s first military coup is a way of immortalising them and promoting gallantry, loyalty, trust and unity amongst Nigerians.

The Nigerian Army, represented by the Engineer Brigade Command, Mokola Barracks, Gabriel Ochigagno, lauded the Oyo State Government for recognising and celebrating the tenets of the military, and promised that the Military will not stop to uphold the ideals of the martyrs.

Speaking on behalf of the State House of Assembly, the House Committee Chairman on Information and Culture, Honourable Joshua Oyebamiji, who was supported by the House Committee Chairman on Tourism, Honourable Niyi Adeoye and House Committee Chairman on Solid Minerals, Honourable Jimoh Akintunde, pledged support of the lawmakers to the project with relevant legislations whenever the need arises.

Honourable Oyebamiji described the development as historical, stressing that the project would bring developmental projects to the community.

Representing the Ironsi family, the son of the late Aguiyi Ironsi and former Minister of State for Defence, Ambassador Thomas Agunyi-Ironsi, thanked the State Government for recognising the gallant strides of the late administrators to the country.

He also pledged that the Aguyi-Ironsi family will support the laudable project to promote inter-tribal unity in the country, while recalling the events which led to his father’s assassination alongside his host, Fajuyi.

“I was with my father that fateful day when he was forcefully taken away. I was a 13-year-old boy then. Today’s event is historic for so many reasons. But above all, the two of them were gallant heroes who laid down their lives for the unity of this nation,” the former Minister said.

He lauded Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, for their ingenuity to situate a tourist attraction site at the spot where the gallant soldiers were killed.

He said the project is not only important for the present generation, but for the coming generation, which will lend to the historical treasure of the nation.

Secretary of the Fajuyi Foundation, Agbaakin Lekan Alabi, on his part, commended the State Government for bringing Lalupon community to limelight.

In his earlier remarks, Mr Arulogun said government will leave no stone unturned to ensure the immortalisation of the two heroes.
He explained that the State Government initiated the process because of peculiar circumstances which led to their death.

“We are here today to celebrate the unity of Nigeria where a Yoruba man laid his life for an Ibo man. We are here to celebrate bravery in the military and beam the search light on Lalupon and its people, because we know Lalupon deserves recognition in Nigeria,” Arulogun noted.

Speaking on behalf of Lalupo Community, the Chairman, Community Development Association, Prince Oribayo Okeyode, assured the State government that the indigenes of the community would lend their unalloyed support to ensure the realisation of the project.

We Are Prepared For Heavy Rains – Oyo Govt.

We Are Prepared For Heavy Rains – Oyo Govt.The Oyo State Government has assured residents and citizens of the state that necessary machinery has been put in place to ensure that there is no flooding in the state this rainy season.

The government also assured the people of its commitment to preventing natural disasters in the state in South-west Nigeria.

Oyo State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola, stated this while receiving members of the National Environment Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in his office.

Mr Ishola, who said the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) has listed the state among others that will experience heavy downpour in 2017, promised that government will continue to ensure a clean and safe environment.

“The State Government has embarked on sensitisation programmes, and dredging of rivers and streams have started in preparation for the heavy rains. Our administration is responsive and we attach seriousness to the business of governance.

“We also have respect for the sanctity of human lives and this is why we have put necessary machinery in motion to prepare for the heavy rains,” he explained.

The Commissioner noted that the efforts of NESREA in the environmental sustainability cannot be overemphasised, adding that the present administration in the state is working earnestly to ensure a sustainable and clean environment attractive to the investors.

He stated that two Mobile Environmental Tribunal Courts, already approved by the government, sit on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, as well as the State Waste Management Authority to prosecute sanitation offenders.

Ishola, however, said prosecuting offenders is not to place hardship nor to increase revenue, but to ensure compliance with the State Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management Regulations.

In his remarks, the Oyo State Coordinator of NESREA, Mr Obagiri Durotimi, said his visit to the Ministry was to introduce himself officially and to synergise with the Ministry to ensure environmental sustainability.

He noted that environmental issue is a collective responsibility for every individual.

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.

Oyo State To Boost Investment With Mineral Resources

Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State, Paris ClubThe Oyo State Government has said that the investment sector of the state would be boosted with its available mineral resources.

The government also assured would-be investors that an enabling environment has been created for businesses to thrive.

The state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, through his Special Adviser on Solid Minerals, Hon. Matthew Oyedokun, stated this on Tuesday, noting that the state has updated its database on mineral resources.

The governor further disclosed that the state is blessed with minerals resources such as Talc and Talcose body, Feldspar, Granite, Quartz, Mica, Marble/Dolomite, Iron Stone, Gemstone, Gold among others.

According to him, “the major determinant for the location of investments/industries is the availability and accessibility of resources.

“The state government has therefore embarked on aggressive provision of good motorable road network, linking the rural areas where most of the natural resources are located.

“Situating industries in these localities will bring royalties and employment opportunities to the people. It also will facilitate rapid development of the areas.

“The opportunities available would be of immense benefit to both the rural areas and the state as a whole,” the governor emphasized.

He therefore reaffirmed that his administration would continue to provide the enabling environment to attract investors and consequently urged land owners to accommodate them.

Also, he promised continuous geological mapping in order to update the existing mineral resources and discover new ones.