Songhai Farms To Be Replicated In Oyo – Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State, Paris ClubThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to replicate Songhai farms model in the state within nine months, in his quest to maximise opportunities of areas of comparative advantages, especially in agriculture.

He made the disclosure in Ibadan while receiving a delegation from Songhai farms led by its Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Godfrey Nzamujo in his office.

The visit was a follow up to the Governor’s earlier visit to Songhai farms, Port Norvo in Benin Republic to understudy the farms with the aim of establishing a partnership, likewise replicating such in the state.

The Governor said the agricultural sector of Oyo state would experience a total turn around sequel to a new partnership with Songhai farms.

Also, implementations have been made on one of the state farmlands with a further spread across different farm settlements within the state.

Governor Ajimobi said that they have been very much keen to take advantage of all areas where the state has comparative advantage, such as agriculture.

“Our state is well positioned as the food basket of Nigeria. The state is the largest in the south and with good climate.

“If you are talking about an integrated, well managed farm model, it is Songhai farms.

“I am confident that any state that replicates the model will be among the topmost in the comity of nations. Songhai has multiplier effects,” he said.

Governor Ajimobi added that the fastest way to development was through templating, adding that it was the reason for their visit to Songhai to understudy the template.

“I have no doubt in my mind that our efforts in replicating Songhai farms model in the state is a long lasting legacy which would begin to yield results in nine months,” he said.

Earlier, the founder and director of Songhai farm, Nzamujo Godfrey, hinged his visit to the state on the vision and inspiration exhibited by the Governor during his visit to the farms in Port Novo.

“Your excellency, we are here because you inspired us when you came to Port Novo. We are really impressed about your vision and determination to leave a lasting legacy in Oyo state.

“It is that inspiration that brought us down to the state and I am here with two of my leading assistants to help with the vision of replicating the farms here.

“I am sure that your vision will be carried out because we will give it all the necessary pushes,” he said.

He added that the replication of Songhai farms in the state would begin to yield results in nine months.

Ajimobi Inaugurates N300m ICT Service Centre In Ibadan

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In Oyo
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has inaugurated a 300million Naira Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Data and Service Centre in Ibadan.

The centre which was facilitated by the Chairman House Committee on Telecommunications, Hon. Saheed Fijabi, says the Oyo state College of Health Science and Technology in Ibadan was constructed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), with the support of Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

Gov. Ajimobi said the ICT centre would contribute immensely to human capital development in the state and Nigeria by extension.

He stated that the ICT was very essential, adding that it provided the people with the intellectual leverage required in all human endeavour.

“ICT holds the longest value chain in all profession. The richest people today across the world engage in ICT activities.

“The illiterates of today are not those who cannot read and write but those who don’t have knowledge of ICT.

“Nigerians are very intelligent people and professionals but they lack the right attitude to work”, he said.

He counseled the students of the school to make good use of the opportunity availed them by the centre, adding that the state government has upgraded the school into a college.

Ajimobi admonished the students to be more committed to their studies, saying the only reward to appreciate the opportunities was success which would only come through hard work.

He commended Hon. Fijabi for his immense contributions to the development of the state, adding that he was one of the best representatives of the state.

Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH) said that they would continue to give their support to ensure that goals for youth development are actualised.

Earlier, Hon. Fijabi said that the project was facilitated to enhance the core functions of teaching, learning and research application through ICT
He said that the centre was in tune with the vision of the state government to development ICT in the state.

“This project will serve as backbone for teaching, learning, research and services.

“We have also facilitated these type of projects and others across the state.

“I like to inform you that a maternity centre is presently under construction at Orita-Merin.

“The maternity centre on completion is expected to provide affordable and sound health care services to the people. I have also sponsored several motions and bills,” he said.

Hon. Fijabi also commended the governor for the role he played in his emergence for a second term, pledging his unalloyed loyalty to Ajimobi.

Mr. Siji Ganiyu, the Provost of the institution commended the governor and Fijabi for their immense contributions to the institution.

Ganiyu, who expressed deep appreciation for the centre, promised that the ICT centre would be efficiently and effectively managed to fulfill its purpose.

Labour Union Demands Release Of Leaders Remanded In Prison

Fuel Price, NLC Strike, Abia, Anambra, NLCThe Nigeria Labour Congress Oyo State Chapter is demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of its leaders remanded in prison after they protested against the privatisation of public schools in the state.

At a press conference on Sunday, the Acting Chairman of the Nigeria labout Congress (NLC), Comrade Bosun Daramola, said the constitution allowed the union to protest in the interest of workers and saw no reason for the arrest of their leaders by the police on Thursday and their subsequent arraignment before the court of Friday.

Reporters were briefed after the leadership of the NLC in Oyo state, led by the interim leader, held an emergency congress where they condemned the arrests and arraignment of their members for last week’s protests.

Eight leaders of the union were arrested by the police and charged before Chief Magistrate Jamiu Adebisi on a six-count charge of disruption of public peace and vandalism of public property.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State government had earlier stated at different instances that the schools were not for sale, as posited by the labour union but rather it wanted an inclusive policy where all stakeholders would be more involved in raising the standard of education in the state.

The Secretary to the Oyo State Government Mr Olalekan Alli, had after the protests said that the state was not considering the sale of any public school and still maintained that Governor Ajimobi remained resolute in his conviction that infusion of private commitments in a Public-Private Partnership platform in the interest of the masses was the way to go.

Mr Alli was also clear on the stand of the government on disruption of public peace which led to the arrests of the labour leaders by the police.

Chief Magistrate Adebisi said section 35 sub section One of the Nigerian Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognised the right of an accused person to bail until conviction.

He, therefore, granted all the eight labour leaders bail in the sum of 200,000 and two sureties in like manner, who must be gainfully employed, possess National Identity Cards as well as three years tax clearance.

They, however, could not meet the bail conditions on Friday and were remanded in prison till bail conditions are met.

Earlier at a media briefing, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, explained that the steps being taken by the government was in the interest of the people.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, warned that no one, no matter how highly placed, would not be allowed to truncate or tilt the balance of the peace in the state for any cause.

The case was adjourned till June 24 for both parties to present their witnesses

New Engineering Lab In University Of Ibadan To Boost Research

University of Ibadan Research centreAn ultra-modern engineering laboratory complex has been commissioned at the University of Ibadan to boost research in Nigeria.

The laboratory, which is fully equipped with a robotic laboratory and automation work-space, will boost research efforts in technology development in Nigeria.

It will also aid in providing technical support for training of engineering undergraduates to raise the bar in automation and robotic techniques.

The state of the art laboratory was commissioned by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday.

It is a two-million dollars project which is one of the six technical support units across the geo-political zones of Nigeria.

The laboratory was developed in a partnership programme between the University of Ibadan and Nigeria NLG to reposition technical education in line with the Federal Government’s goal to drive economic diversification with technology.

Some engineering students, who spoke to Channels Television, said it would expose students to global industrial best practices.

South-West PDP Meet In Oyo, As APC Rallies In Imo

An emergency meeting of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the South West region of Nigeria has held in Oyo State, South West Nigeria.

The meeting ended with the participants asking the National Working Committee of the party to expedite action on a new date for the congress of the party in the zone in order to put executives in place.

The meeting noted that only the South-West zone of the party has no substantive executives in place and asked the National Working Committee of the party to abide by the mandate given to it at the last NEC meeting to set a date for South-West congress.

Speaking on behalf of delegates at the meeting, the PDP Chairman in Ogun State, Mr Dayo Lawal, also re affirmed the zone’s support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Lawal said that serious efforts are ongoing among all factionalized leaders of the party to broker peace and unite disgruntled members.

APC Rally Imo State 

While the PDP is looking at getting their acts right in the South-West, the All Progressive Congress, APC in Imo State is asking youths in the state to embrace the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.

While addressing youths at a sensitization rally in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, the Imo State Commissioner for Finance, Chike Okafor, asked the youths in the area to be part of what he described as the wind of change that is blowing across the nation.

Mr. Okafor maintained that the party has presented a manifesto that is programmed towards youth empowerment, job creation and qualitative education for the Nigerian youths.

He also asked youths in the state to support Governor Rochas Okorocha, who is the chairman of the APC Governors Forum and that the Okorocha led administration is ready to consolidate on the projects and policies which has been since his 2 years in office.

Oyo To Launch And Outsource Help Lines

The Oyo state Governor; Abiola Ajimobi, has disclosed that state government is concluding arrangements on instituting an e-governance system and outsource some services in order to create a support system that would improve information-sharing across various areas for the citizens of the state.

He made this known while formalising arrangements between an international solutions provider; Spanco BPO, during an official inauguration of the facility in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

Also, through a partnership between government and the group, the governor announced that his administration would roll-out a Government to Citizen (G2C) Help Line which would establish an information link between government and citizens at all times.

This, he noted  would cover various initiatives by the state like Health Helpline and Medical Care, Health Emergency and Hospital/Ambulance Management, Agriculture Helpline, Land Registry, Women in Distress and Police Helpline .

At the inauguration of the state of the art facility which has employed over 1,000 youths from Oyo state, Mr Ajimobi said the creation of an enabling environment for investors and the attainment of a peaceful environment made such a synergy between government and foreign partners possible.

He added that the state possessed a fertile ground for any investor wishing to take optimal advantage of its God-endowed possibilities and disclosed that the latest partnership will make e-governance functional and effective in the quest for good governance.

Ajimobi added that the new initiative of a support center for key sectors like education, health, agriculture and security will arm the populace with structured information on any matter of interest thereby creating a bond between people and government while lives, time and resources are saved in the process.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT Mr. Tayo Koleoso in his address disclosed that the Governor had mandated an aggressive human capital development programme to drive his transformation agenda to fruition.

He  further revealed that improved information management on issues like disease prevention and control among humans, plants and animals, agro inputs, incentives, storage, safety and security, education and exam related issues are constant features of the support centres which will be integrated with disaster recovery centers across the state.

The partner to the state government on this initiative, Spanco’s CEO Mr. Pravin Kumar said they decided to partner with Oyo state Government because government plays a vital role through services to improve the quality of life.

The governor further called on all investors willing to do business with the state to bring proposals, promising that all necessary has been put in place to do profitable business in a safe environment.


Oyo To Rebuild Houses Lost To Tanker Inferno

The Oyo state government has distributed relief materials worth millions of Naira to victims of Omitowoju fire disaster which occurred on Monday, 22nd of April when a tanker loaded with petrol lost control and exploded, burning about 70 buildings in the resulting inferno.

At the headquarters of Ibadan North West local government, the Oyo state governor, who was represented by his deputy; Moses Adeyemo, disclosed that the distribution of relief materials will be in two phases.

According to the deputy governor, the first phase will cater for landlords who lost their houses and property in the inferno.

The reprieve is coming barely two weeks after that the incidence and visit by the Governor, who promised prompt action in assisting the affected residents.

About 30 houses and almost 100 shops were completely razed while about 12 houses were partially torched in the fire.

In the same vein, Senator representing Oyo south senatorial district under where the inferno occurred, Femi Lanleyin also distributed relief materials and cash to all landlords to rebuild their homes while artisan tools which were destroyed by the fire, were replaced.

Roofing sheets, cement, planks, food items, hair dryers, sewing machines, clippers and generators were distributed.

Spokesperson for the state government on Disaster and transition, chairman Ibadan north west local government; Wasiu Olatubosun explained that the relief materials were given to cushion the effect of the inferno.

He also disclosed that the governor had ordered an immediate upgrade of the fire service in the state for better efficiency.

Oyo Council Supports Self Help Projects With N50m

Following a mandate by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi to the chairmen of all the 33 local government areas in the state to start encouraging self-help projects, the transition chairman of Atiba Local Government, Mr. Akeem  Adeyemi, has launched an empowerment programme to assist artisans and the unemployed.

At the pilot scheme, Mr. Adeyemi explained that self-help projects and well organised artisanship are veritable tools of development and must be strengthened at all levels of governance to encourage communities to be self-reliant and develop in their areas of need.

Mr. Adeyemi stated that the insistence of Governor Ajimobi on the need for human capital development led to the empowerment project in which about N50 million was spent training and equipping 500 individuals cutting across at least 15 artisan associations.

Five hundred unskilled and unemployed youth within the 11 wards of the local government were trained in various skills, and were given cash support of N4 million.

Seminars were also organised on capacity building to prepare them for a life of financial independence.


Ajimobi to meet striking workers on Monday

The Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi has scheduled a meeting with all the union leaders of striking workers on Monday 26th March to address the lingering minimum wage crisis that has crippled the state for over two weeks.

Making the disclosure in Ibadan, the special adviser to the governor on media, Dr. Festus Adedayo explained in a statement, that the meeting was agreed on by Mr Ajimobi and the labour leaders to address all errors in the wage table which led to the protest by workers.

The statement noted that the governor has admitted, there are errors in the computation of the salary table, and urged the workers to seek rectification of the errors instead of taking to the streets.

Meanwhile the chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) Comrade Nurudeen Arowolo who has confirmed the scheduled, stated that “apart from correcting the discrepancy in the table, they are demanding that real percentage increase must be in line with the federal table.”

The acting coordinator appointed by workers, Comrade Abiodun Fasasi said it was disheartening that the labour leaders &the state government kept the workers in abeyance since July 2011. He stressed that the salary scale released by the state government on Thursday 15th march with the sum of N13,000.30k adopted as minimum wage, was unacceptable.

Comrade Arowolo also warned that negotiations have been put on hold until the distortions in the table are addressed by government. He said “labour leaders are demanding a home grown table to actually reflect the peculiarity of Oyo state with a real percentage increase in line with federal government table.”