Makinde Slams Previous Administration For ‘Fooling’ People


Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Monday slammed the previous administration, All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state for fooling people.

The governor claimed that the previous administration attempted to fool the people of the State with bogus contracts and projects to the detriment of the people.

Makinde said this during the inspection one of the oldest hospitals in the state; Jericho nursing home, where he frowned at the level of neglect of the facilities.

He also decried the movement of facilities from the Maternal and Paediatric Centre, Jericho, Ibadan, for a “ceremonial commissioning” of the Abiola Ajimobi Maternal and Paediatric Centre, Olodo, Ibadan, by the immediate-past administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

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According to the governor, the movement of facilities, worth millions of naira, away from a Jericho facility that was at 80 percent completion stage is a waste of resources.

“You have all seen the situation out there; it is almost like wasting the resources of the state.

“They took all the equipment from there to do ceremonial commissioning at Olodo. I believe you can fool some people some of the time but it is difficult to fool all of the people all the time. So, we will go back and relocate the Jericho Specialist Hospital and that would be taken as an emergency because it has to happen between now and the end of the year,” he said.

He, however, promised to complete abandoned projects before the end of 2019.

“This facility, for instance, is going to be finished up and, by then, we will take the movement of the people from Jericho Specialist to this place as an emergency. Our target is to complete the project before the end of this year.”

Makinde’s comments is in reaction to criticisms by the Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) of his plans to reconstruct Iwo Road Interchange with the sum of N8 billion.

The APC in a statement on Friday described the planned reconstruction as a misplaced priority and an attempt to squander government resources.

I Washed Dead Bodies To Survive As A Student Abroad — Ajimobi

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday said that he washed dead bodies to survive as a student and to pay his tuition fees while schooling abroad.

The governor made this revelation while speaking to youths at a South-West Regional youths Summit held at the WOCDIF Centre in Osogbo, Osun State.

Ajimobi said this to encourage youths at the summit to have a positive mindset toward hard work, adding that he spent eight years doing the odd job.

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He said his parents sent him only $30 all through his stay abroad, adding that he had to look for a way to survive and the only option was to work at the morgue.

“I left Nigeria in 1963 to study abroad, but throughout my stay there, I was washing dead bodies to support myself to go to school.

“Whenever I got home from work, I will be weeping, remembering the number of dead bodies I washed.

“My boss at work then said I should not be afraid, adding that such feeling is normal for first comers. He encouraged me to always see those dead bodies as iced fish and from the day I began to see the dead as iced fish, I overcame that fear,” he said.

The governor said despite having to do this odd job, he survived and therefore young Nigerians should not be undaunted by challenges but seize every opportunity to chart a successful pathway.

He said, “But against all odds, I survived and that is why I am urging youths to see hard work as the only way to success. I am saying this to challenge the youth of our next generation not to give up.

“This is our chance as youths and as Yorubas to come together to chart a successful pathway for the country.’’

Also at the event, the Commissioner for Regional Integration in Osun State, Bola Ilori said the summit was critical to repositioning the western region for the future.

Over 3,000 youths were at the Center as participants to deliberate on the way forward for the Western Region, drafting a 25-year master plan for the year 2040.

Ajimobi Inaugurates New Caretaker Chairmen In Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has assured the people of the state that elections into the 33 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) will be held as soon as the suit against it is settled.

Governor Ajimobi said this while inaugurating the Caretaker Chairmen for the LGAs and LCDAs in the state at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

An Abuja High Court presided over by Justice John Tsoho had in January 2017, ordered the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) not to proceed with its plan to conduct the elections earlier slated for February 11.

The order was sequel to a motion ex-parte filed on behalf of 16 Baales (traditional rulers) from Oyo Federal Constituency through their lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji, pursuant to the creation of 35 LCDAs in the state.

The Governor, however, noted at the inauguration ceremony that the polls would hold as soon as the case is settled.

“The day the court case is settled is the day we will announce the date of election. The only advantage you have now, as you have been sworn in, is that you can quickly do things that will endear you to your people before the elections.

“You are caretakers holding forth for others and your tenure is temporary, so be rest assured that your good work will be your certificate of retention. If you fail to work well, we will remove you,” he said on Friday.

Ajimobi further advised the new council bosses not to see their appointment as an opportunity for them to enrich their pockets with public funds.

He reminded them of their pledged to be faithful with tenets of governance, as well as adhere to the rule of law and the principle of confidentiality.

“There is a lot of satisfaction in public service, especially when you serve those in real need of it at the grassroots. A leader must not only visualise, he must also have the courage to reject what is wrong.

“Remember the oath of allegiance you just took which has to do with faithfulness, your action must be according to the law. Act without fear or favour, and do everything in adherence to the principle of confidentiality,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of appointees, Mr Bosun Ajuwon of Ibadan North-West LGA expressed appreciation to the Governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the trust reposed in them.

He promised that the new caretaker chairmen would deliver on the promises of the Ajimobi-led administration, to ensure a better life for the people at the grassroots.

Tinubu A Shining Star In Nigeria’s Political Firmament – Ajimobi

Tinubu A Shining Star In Nigeria's Political Firmament - AjimobiOyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has felicitated with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, the Governor described the former Governor of Lagos State as a role model and shining star in the nation’s political firmament.

“Asiwaju is a detribalised Nigerian who has traversed the length and breadth of Nigeria, recruiting people of like minds in seeking the emancipation of the country and the entrenchment of an egalitarian society.

“His undying love for the downtrodden, the deprived and the ordinary folks across Nigeria is widely acknowledged, while his unflinching support for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has helped tremendously in the fulfillment of its electioneering promises to Nigerians,” he said.

Governor Ajimobi also acknowledged Tinubu’s support to his administration, saying it has served as a motivating factor for the successes he has so far recorded in the last six years.

“As you are savouring the joy of this occasion, it is our prayer that God Almighty strengthens you, so that you can continue working for the betterment of your fatherland,” he said.

Ajimobi Lauds Obasanjo As Quintessential Leader, Passionate Lover Of Nigeria

Ajimobi Lauds Obasanjo As Quintessential Leader, Passionate Lover Of NigeriaThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has felicitated with a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, describing him as a quintessential leader and a passionate lover of his fatherland.

The governor’s remark was contained in a statement issued in Ibadan by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka.

According to Ajimobi, attaining the enviable age of 80 is a special grace and remarkable feat which indeed calls for celebration.

“Chief Obasanjo deserves all the celebrations. He is not only a rare breed but also, a symbol of divine grace whose life is worthy of emulation by every Nigerian,” he said.

The governor further commended Obasanjo for his strong belief in the indivisibility of Nigeria, saying this had informed his active participation in the 30-month civil war to ensure that the country remained together, under whatever circumstance.

Ajimobi also noted that since leaving office in 2007 as President and Commander-in-Chief, Obasanjo had never wavered in participating in activities capable of promoting the socio-political and economic well-being of the country.

“Besides, as a father of the nation, he has been engaging in constructive criticism of successive administrations, all in an attempt to ensure good governance and better life for all Nigerians,” he said.

The governor prayed God to grant the former president long life and sound health so that he would continue to serve Nigeria, his fatherland.

Oyo Governor Conducts Prayers For Nigeria, Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo, NigeriaOyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, worried about the state of the nation and President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, called for an interfaith prayer service.

Political, religious and traditional rulers from all the 33 local government areas of the state went beyond tribal, political and religious sentiments as they converge to pray for peace and well-being of the President, as he continues to receive medical treatment abroad.

Worried by the lingering spate of economic and security challenges facing Nigeria, Christian and Muslim leaders led an interfaith service at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan to also offer prayers for progress, peaceful atmosphere in the country.

Some of the clerics at the event stressed the need for Nigerians to reconnect with God for the attainment of purposeful socio-economic development in the country.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Ajimobi expressed optimism that Nigeria will bounce back from recession within the next six months.

He lauded the initiative of the prayer session, stressing the importance of prayer for things to return to normal in Nigeria.

Nigeria Will Flourish Again

The governor maintained that though the leaders are trying their best to ensure that the situation gets back to normal, but the country needs divine intervention.

He expressed optimism that Nigeria’s economy would flourish again if the momentum of collective intellectual efforts were sustained.

”The first reason why we are praying is not only to make requests from God but to appreciate God as he decreed that when we call on him, he will hear us; the second reason is to pray for peace, unity, and progress.

“The crude oil market is improving, Nigeria is producing two million barrels per day and the price of crude is improving.

“With the way things are going, Naira will start improving within the next three to six months,” the governor said.

Commenting on the role of women, wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs Ajimobi, said ”the role of women is to pray for Nigeria and to imbibe discipline in our children to keep them away from trouble.

“If we instill the fear of God in them, they will continue to do the right thing”.

Spirit Of Positive Thinking

On his part, a former senator, Lekan Balogun, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, commended the organisers of the event for looking beyond political and religious barriers to pray for the peace of the country and recovery of the President.

Dignitaries from various political and religious extraction also laud the initiative which brought all and sundry together with a common purpose.

In his remark, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Relations, Abimbola Siyanbade, said Nigerians are known to be prayerful but the situation on ground calls for unity of purpose among religious leaders and their adherence to pray to God with oneness of spirit.

He said the event was put together for people of the state to pray for peace and progress in Nigeria.

Highlight of the event was prayer for the state, Nigeria and political leaders in the country among others.

Clerics admonished Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of positive thinking and attitudinal change towards leaders, calling on all to offer prayers for the President.

Don’t Lose Hope On Economy, Ajimobi Urges Nigerians

Don’t Lose Hope On Economy, Ajimobi Urges NigeriansThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has called for a renewed hope from the country’s citizens on the ability of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to salvage the country from the pervading economic challenges.

The Governor made the call in his New Year message issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, in Ibadan.

Although the Governor said he was not unmindful of the telling effect of the recession on the populace, he, however, said they should continue to trust in the Federal Government’s ability to put the economy back on track judging by the ongoing rejigging efforts.

While expressing happiness with the success so far recorded by the military in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, the Governor appealed to the Niger-Delta militants to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign in the zone.

Ajimobi saluted the gallantry of the country’s army and other security agencies, calling for prayers and support for the families of officers and soldiers who paid the supreme price or lost limbs in the patriotic fight that culminated in liberation of the dreaded Sambisa forest.

The Governor said: “The economic recession currently staring us in the face in Nigeria called for concerted efforts on the part of all and sundry to play the roles expected of us to ensure that the country survives these trying times.

“Part of these efforts is for the restive Niger-Delta youths to cease fire and allow peace to reign. They should stop the sabotage of oil installations and embrace dialogue. They should realize that it is only in an atmosphere of peace that the desired development can be achieved.

“To the good people of Oyo State, I want to assure you that with your cooperation and support, the administration under my leadership will continue to work towards the recovery of our economy.

“Recall that in my budget speech on Thursday, I reported how much work had been done to enhance our revenue base by expanding the tax net; by blocking financial loopholes, fixing leakages and institutionalizing prudence in all spheres of the administration.

“May I, therefore, urge you to play your part in this direction.”

The Governor thanked the people of the state for maintaining peaceful co-existence and for their commitment to the growth and development of the state.

He, however, restated his warning that any attempt to plunge the state into chaos and lawlessness would be crushed with the full force of law.

Ajimobi said that his government would not relent in its efforts at ensuring the sustenance of the ongoing infrastructural revolution and economic re-engineering aimed at improving the general wellbeing of the citizenry.

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In Oyo

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In OyoThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has presented a total budget of N207.671 billion for the 2017 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly, which represents an increase of 19.13% over the 2016 budget.

The Governor, while presenting the budget titled “Budget of Self Reliance”, explained that the recurrent expenditure will cost N126.87 billion which is 61.09% of the budget while the capital expenditure will take N80.80 billion or 38.91%.

Governor Ajimobi stated that Personnel Cost, made up of salaries, allowances and promotion arrears stands at N56.04 Billion or 26.99% while overhead cost accounts for N20.04Billion which is 9.75%, adding that N50.79bn or 24.45 is meant for the Consolidate Revenue Fund Charges to sum up the total Recurrent Expenditure of N126.87 billion.

Ajimobi said that the budget has been designed to be Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) driven, emphasizing that N107.23bn or 51.64% of the proposed N207.671 billion Budget is to be funded from IGR, N66.49bn or 32.01% from Federation Account while N33.97bn or 16.35% is expected from capital receipts, which is restructuring and reallocation of funds to priority areas.

The Governor stressed that the state’s restructured Board of Internal Revenue was poised for enhanced performance to ensure a realistic budget tenure adding, “in the face of the challenges in the outgoing year, arising from almost complete reliance on Federal Allocation which has grave consequences, as Federal Statutory Allocation itself is dependent on extraneous factors, this budget has been designed to be Internally Generated Revenue driven.

“In the Informal sector, the Board is targeting 20% of the population which is presently pegged at 6million individuals with presumptive tax rate of N3000 per annum.”

Governor Ajimobi noted that the government anchored the 2017 budgetary proposals on Infrastructure, Agriculture and its value-chain framework, Education and Health, pledging that other sectors would be given adequate attention in order to ensure that the budget achieves it theme as budget of self-reliance.

He reiterated the conduct of the local government elections in the state in 2017, saying, “I wish to reiterate and remind us, that February 2017 is around the corner when we shall all have the opportunity to elect our leaders at the grassroots level.

“The leaders that are expected to emerge are those that will be able to key into and consolidate our developmental agenda.  I, therefore, solicit your support for the successful conduct of the elections.”

The Governor gave the assurance that the government would pursue projects and programmes that will “attract Assistance and Sponsorship from Development Partners, Promote Public-Private-Partnership initiative as a vehicle in the delivery of infrastructure and services, Stimulate Citizens’ interest in Micro, Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurships as well as Efficient and Effective Utilization of Resources through rigorous monitoring of the implementation and evaluation of the impact of projects and programs on the citizenry”.

While lamenting the poor revenue of the state in 2016, Governor Ajimobi said that as at September 30, 2016, the overall budget performance was 46.09% or N79.939bn out the N173,429bn approved estimates for the present fiscal year.

“It is no gainsaying that the laudable “Agric-Oyo” programme implemented in 2016 has raised the level of food production in the State by 27.5% and GSP by 1.5%.

“Consequently, Government will extend “Agric-Oyo” activities to the remaining Local Government Councils that have shown a willingness to collaborate with the state Ministry of Agriculture,” the Governor pointed out.

Responding after the Governor’s presentation, the state House of Assembly commended the Governor Ajimobi for ensuring that there is a cordial relationship among the arms of government in the state.

In his remarks, the Hose of Assembly Speaker, Micheal Adeyemo said that the 8th Assembly has enjoyed great support from the present administration as expected, calling for the urgent need to review the rates and taxes in the state to ensure that the government realizes its vision of funding the budget through IGR.

In his own words, Hon. Oyebamiji Joshua, an Accord Party member, representing Akinyele 1 described the Governor as a courageous person, adding “despite not being in the same party with you, I commend the governor for his vision.

“Only those with vision will have mission. This budget proposal has shown that despite the low revenue, the governor is ready to ensure that Oyo is setting the pace again”

The Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Joshua Olagunju Ojo representing Oriire State constituency commended the Governor for providing adequate security for the people, for his infrastructural development insight as well as creation of Local Council Development Areas to bring government closer to the people.

Ajimobi Urges Citizens To Shun Corruption, Embrace Intergrity

Ajimobi Urges Citizens To Shun Corruption, Embrace IntergrityThe Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has drummed up support for the APC-led administration in the country, calling on all to eschew corruption and encourage templates of integrity, sacrifice, and selfless service as exemplified by the spirit of Christmas.

Governor Ajimobi stated this during the 2016 Christmas carol and thanksgiving service held at Agodi Gardens, Parliament road, secretariat Ibadan.

He said the present administration is aware of the poor state of the economy, which has exposed the citizens to suffering and hardship, stressing that necessary steps are being taken to address the challenges.

While noting the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest the recession presently facing the nation’s economy, Ajimobi also stressed the need for all be more understanding.

The governor therefore called on the people to follow the rules and injunction of the Holy Bible, by learning to forgive, accommodate, and embrace selfless service.

He however noted that corruption must be stamped out at all levels for these efforts to yield desired fruits.

Dignitaries from all walks of life, graced the 2016 edition of the carol service which is the sixth to be observed by any Governor in the State.

Furthermore, in a sermon, Bishop of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Mr Sunday Ola Makinde, condemned the high level of corruption in the society right from the church leaders to the politicians to the judiciary and security agents.

He said the greater the number of churches and mosques in the country, the greater the level of corruption and sinful acts in the society.

According to him, “church business has become a money spinning business in the society today”.

He said politicians, religious leaders and other people in high places have corrupted the image of God, through unfulfilled promises, bribery and false prophesies.

He then re-iterated the message of the governor, asking citizens to maintain integrity in all they do.

Ajimobi Drums Up Support For APC-Led Administration

Ajimobi Drums Up Support For APC-Led AdministrationThe Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has drummed up support for the APC-led administration in the country calling on all to eschew corruption and encourage templates of integrity, sacrifice, and selfless service as exemplified by the spirit of Christmas.

Governor Ajimobi made the call during the 2016 Christmas Carol and Thanksgiving Service held at Agodi Gardens, Parliament road, Secretariat, Ibadan.

He said that the present administration is aware of the poor state of the economy which has exposed the citizens to suffering and hardship, stressing that necessary steps are being taken to address the challenges.

While noting the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest the recession presently facing the nation’s economy, Ajimobi stressed the need for all to be more understanding.

The Governor also called on the people to follow the rules and injunction of the Holy Bible by learning to forgive, accommodate, and embrace selfless service.

He said the 2016 carol service was a celebration of government’s courage to tackle the challenges of the present and determination to change current indices for an improved future.

In his sermon, the Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde, condemned the high level of corruption in the society right from the church leaders to the politicians to the judiciary and security agents.

He regretted that the greater the number of churches and mosques in the country, the greater the level of corruption and sinful acts in the society, stressing that the church has become a money spinning business in the society.

He said politicians, religious leaders and other people in high places have corrupted the image of God in them through unfulfilled promises, bribery and false prophesies and this calls for serious redemption.

The 2016 carol service had three lessons which were read by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Micheal Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Alake-Adeyemo and wife of the Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi.

Prayers for the state and the country were offered amidst colourful rendition of spiritual songs by prominent gospel artistes.

The symbolic candlelight and the fireworks wrapped up the evening.

South West Governors Join Forces To Tackle Economic Recession

south-west-governorsGovernors in the South West Region of Nigeria have joined forces to tackle socio-economic problems confronting the six states and militating against development even as they tackle recession by leveraging on comparative advantages in the zone.

Hosted by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, other governors of Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States came together for the first time without recourse to political or ideological differences.

In his address of welcome, Governor Ajimobi, hinted that they intended to come out of the forum with a new pedestal hinged on regional integration as a tool for fighting low economic competitiveness, food and social insecurity despite political affiliations.

Just before deliberations began at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s Office, he stated clearly that the South West Region was confronted with so much problems that they could no longer act individually but collectively with a common purpose of improving the living standard of the people in a sustainable environment.

At the end of the closed door session, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said the six governors had agreed to work as one family despite belonging to different political parties.

In his response, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State said the meeting also resolved to leverage on the viability of Lagos to push development in south west.

Governor Ajimobi also called for a collective common policy among the south west governors that would ensure the region was given its rightful place as the economic basket and infrastructure reference point of the country.

Other governors at the meeting were that of Lagos State Mr Akinwumi Ambode, Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State who was represented by the Secretary to Ondo State Government Dr Rotimi Adelola.

Governor Mimiko was absent because of a meeting scheduled with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Army Fortified To Enforce National Security

army, national securityOfficers of the Nigerian army, have been fortified to enforce national security and development, following the just concluded 2016 Operational Planning seminar.

Amid recent challenges and threats to national safety in parts of Nigeria, exchange of intelligence through robust deliberations and programmes, remains critical to surmounting the hurdles against national peaceful co-existence and development of the country.

This forms part of the resolution after the week-long workshop aimed at equipping military officers and other security agents for the task of maintaining unity and restoring peace in insurgent-ravaged communities across the country.

At the Operational Planning Cadre for officers of the two division Nigerian Army, Adekunle Fajuyi cantonment Ibadan, the General Officer Commanding Maj. Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim, said the programme was designed to enhance operational planning skills and ensure readiness of officers while also bridging the gap among other security agents for better efficiency.

The realization that security threats could be better handled through collaborative efforts among all security agencies, also necessitated the forum, where series of lectures and deliberations took place.

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Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi in his key note address to all security chiefs present, lauded the contribution of the army for maintaining internal peace and tackling insurgency in the country.

He expressed delight that all security agents are coming together to foster better synergy at a critical moment in Nigeria.

Abdulkarim noted that conferences and seminars are essential for smooth operations of the army.

He then stated that the programme is perhaps the first of its kind initiated by the two division, as it brings together all security chiefs in Oyo state, to rub minds for greater synergy.

The GOC further said: ”we are all aware of security challenges of our time and in spite of these challenges, significant achievement has been made in progressively decimating terrorists’ infrastructure and denying them freedom of action.

He however pointed out that “two division area of responsibility, is replete with pipline vandalism and brazen oil theft, which hampers smooth functioning of our critical infrastructure, leading to wanton destruction of our main means of economic survival.

“Consequently, activities of Niger Delta militants, are being closely monitored in our area of responsibility”.

The Army boss further stressed ”the need therefore for the Nigerian army to be on top of the security situation”, saying that it is of paramount importance.

“In this regard, effective contingency plans and regular collective training are our essential mission critical requirement towards dealing with these multi-faceted challenges which arise in our area of responsibility,” he said.

Also commenting was the Oyo State Commissioner of Police Mr Sam Adegbuyi who was represented by Assistant Commissioner in charge of Operations, Chinedu Oko.

In his remarks, he said there is no agency that can achieve much in isolation, while also underscored the effect that the strategic partnership would have on their operations.