Makinde Explains Spending N7.6bn CBN Loan On Farm Settlements

 

Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, has clarified that the N7.6 billion loan collected from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was not fresh, but one which his predecessor, former governor Abiola Ajimobi took.

Makinde explained that his administration only approached the House of Assembly on Thursday to seek approval to use the loan facility for purposes other than what it was originally meant for.

He added that contrary to claims that the loan is a fresh one, his administration just secured the approval of the State House of Assembly to access the N7.6 billion loan which was previously collected by Ajimobi.

A statement by Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa said the Government had equally noticed the deliberate misconceptions and misinformation on the loan facility, saying it was an attempt to colour the truth to confuse the public.

“The misconceptions and misinformation that Governor Makinde was going for a loan of N7.6 billion is a deliberate attempt to colour the truth and it is an indication of a political move by certain commentators who are exhibiting apparent amnesia on the matter.

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“Governor Makinde is not seeking for a fresh loan. The action that was taken by the House of Assembly of Oyo State on Thursday was to give the legislative nod to the State Government to access the fund that had already been domiciled with the government since the days of ex-governor Ajimobi.

“The Governor’s decision to approach the House of Assembly was a mark of his belief in due process, the rule of law and its processes. Ordinarily, some state executives would just have proceeded to spend the funds since it was already in the coffers of the state, but Governor Makinde won’t do that.

“You may wish to recall that sometimes in 2017, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had approved some funds under the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACs) for disbursement to four states including Ekiti; Osun; Oyo and Abia.

“Somehow, the immediate past administration of Governor Ajimobi chose to delay access to that money until April 2019, when the governorship election of the 2019 election had been won and lost. That government intended to expend the said money on the purchase of “Agriculture equipment” in less than two months to the end of its tenure. Allowing access to that money within a month of Ajimobi’s exit could only be counter-productive for the people of Oyo State,” the statement explained.

Adisa in the statement added that it was the spirit of activism in Governor Makinde that prodded him to smell mischieve in the plan to access that money in the twilight of Ajimobi’s administration and that informed the suit filed by then Governor-elect Makinde at the High Court of Oyo State to secure an injunction restraining the then Governor from accessing that money.

According to the statement, the two farm settlements are to be built into Farm Estates in line with the vision of the Makinde administration to ensure the full utilisation of the Agriculture value chain for economic expansion and to boost of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Oyo Election Tribunal Affirms Makinde’s Victory

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde.

 

The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has affirmed the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde.

In its ruling today, the tribunal dismissed the petition of Mr Makinde’s opponent, Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress.

Last month, the tribunal had admitted the final written addresses of both Makinde and Adelabu, as well as that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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The counsel to INEC had asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition for being “grossly unmeritorious and lacking in substance”.

But on their path, counsel to Mr Adelabu and the APC, Yusuf Alli insisted that the petition is meritorious and that other witnesses not called had their statements properly laid before the tribunal.

Meanwhile, Governor Makinde’s counsel, faulted the relief by the petitioners, claiming they amount to hear say and therefore, asked the court to dismiss the petition.

Gov Makinde Swears In 14 New Commissioners

PDP governorship candidate in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has sworn in 14 commissioners to kick start his long-awaited executive cabinet. 

The governor had earlier appointed 14 permanent secretaries who he advised to see the appointments of their appointment as a huge task which they should strive to execute diligently.

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Below is the list of the new commissioners and their portfolios:

  1. Hon Barrister Adeniyi John Ifarinto – Commissioner for Budget and Planning
  2. Mr Adeniyi Adebisi – Commissioner for Commerce
  3. Hon Muyiwa Jacob Ojekunle – Commissioner for Agriculture
  4. Prof Oyelowo Oyewo – Commissioner for Justice
  5. Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye – Commissioner for Establishment
  6. Barrister Seun Asamu – Commissioner for Energy
  7. Mr Rahman Abiodun AbdulRaheem – Commissioner for Land
  8. Chief Bayo Lawal – Commissioner for Special Duties
  9. Hon Funmilayo Orisadeyi – Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftancy Matters
  10. Dr Bashir Bello – Commissioner for Health
  11. Hon Wasiu Olatunbosun – Commissioner for Information
  12. Prof Daud Kehinde Sangodoyin – Commissioner for Education
  13. Mr Akinola Ojo – Commissioner for Finance
  14. Rt Hon Kehinde Ayoola – Commissioner for Environment.

Makinde Approves N60m Bursary For Oyo Students In Law School

Governor Seyi Makinde and a delegate of Oyo Law Students during a visit to his office in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Tuesday. PHOTO: Seyi Makinde/Twitter

 

Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde has approved the sum of N500, 000 as a bursary to each of the 120 Oyo State indigenes in the Nigerian Law School.

The governor made this approval on Tuesday after he received a delegation of the Law School students in his office in Ibadan.

While speaking to the students, Governor Makinde said Oyo State has, by the gesture on the bursary award, made an investment on the Law School students and would love to make returns.

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He advised them to ensure that they come back home to make contributions to Oyo State after their studies.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, noted that the approved sum is to cater for the 2019/2010 backlog session of Oyo State Indigenes in the Nigerian Law School.

He said that the governor’s decision was aimed at assisting the students to achieve greatness and encourage the students.

The Governor also charged the Law School students not to lose hope whatever the challenges they face, noting that “life is not just for those who work hard but those who persevere.”

In his response, the leader of the delegate, Olaniyi Ogunlade, appreciated the Governor, he promised that he and his colleagues will make the best result in the history of Oyo State students in the Law School and will be proud to present the results to the Governor in the not too distant time.

He also made a promise that the beneficiaries of the bursary award would return to contribute their quota to the development of the State.

Police Arrest Nine In Shasha Violent Attack

 

The Oyo state police command says it has arrested nine people in connection with the violent attack on traders and residents of shasha market in Akinyele Local Government area of Ibadan.

This was disclosed by the Oyo state police commissioner, Mr Shina Olukolu.

Mr Olukolu who made this known to newsmen late on Friday, warned mischievous persons to desist from peddling falsehood regarding the issue, especially on social media where it had been reported that a tribal clash had ensued within the Shahsha community.

He added that the crisis was quelled with the joint efforts of both the Yoruba and Hausa community in and around the market, noting that nothing would be allowed to truncate the peaceful co-existence that has existed in the community for decades.

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Commercial activities at the Shasha market, one of the largest vegetable markets in Oyo state were halted earlier on Friday as a result of a violent disruption within the market.

Report has it that a disgruntled scrap dealer who was prevented from defecating on a particular spot near the market started the trouble.

It is said that the scarp dealer went away only to return with his friends to attack those who drove him off.

The police waded into the matter and made a couple of arrests, some of those arrested were immediately charged to court.

Corruption War: I Will Waive My Immunity, Appear Before Anti-graft Agency – Makinde

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has said that he is ready to waive his immunity rights to appear before the anti-corruption agencies if he is found wanting in any way.

Governor Makinde made the declaration when he forwarded the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Bill, 2019 to the State House of Assembly for legislative action, declaring that his decision to set up an anti-graft body is in fulfillment of his campaign promise.

Makinde, who formally presented a copy of the draft bill to his Special Adviser, Legislative Matters, Hon. Samuel Adejumobi, for onward transmission to Oyo State House of Assembly, further restated his resolve to waive his immunity to appear before the anti-corruption agency if he is found wanting in any way.

The Governor also charged Permanent Secretaries in the state to be accountable as the purse-keepers of Oyo State.

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He declared that those who would want to politicise his move to set up the anti-corruption agency should think twice because according to him, corruption knows no political party.

He added that corruption does not edify a state but promotes stagnation, noting that Oyo must get out of stagnation.

Makinde said “We are here to sign for transmission to the legislature, the executive bill for anti-corruption in Oyo state. We are transmitting the bill today in fulfillment of a promise that I made during the campaign that during my watch in Oyo state, it will be zero tolerance for corruption in Oyo state.

“While I was making my inaugural address, I also put a rider on it that as the Governor of Oyo state, I am ready to wave my immunity to appear before the agency if I am found wanting in the course of my duty to the people of Oyo state.

“The Permanent Secretaries are here, you are the purse keeper for the ministries and the ones responsible for all the spending, of course, the commissioners would soon be here but they are not the ones to account for the spending in your various ministries. Of course, they will give instructions and try to help me run the affairs of government to the extent of our promises to the people and also the agenda of our government.

“But we will hold each and every one of you accountable for the ministries that are been administered by you and I also want to be held accountable by anyone here. I am working from the standpoint here that nothing, absolutely nothing is hidden in this whole case.

“If people think they have hidden anything, it is the only thing that they can start and finish by themselves only and I don’t think there is anything like that in this place.

“For whatever that has to be done, there will be one, two or three participants. So, I can’t even start the process and finish it by myself alone. So, there must be accomplices and people who are ready to support me to do something that is not edifying, so if I think such things are hidden, I will be deceiving myself and it is the same for everybody.

“I know people may also try to put political coloration to this, corruption doesn’t know a political party and what corruption does is to stagnate our development and we want Oyo state to be out of that stagnation. We want Oyo state, just like we have always been, a Pacesetter state.

“So, I will solicit for your cooperation and nobody has anything to fear. If you do what you are supposed to do, nobody will witch hunt anybody. I also want to say, if you see something, please, by all means, say something and we will deal with the situation.”

The bill was, thereafter, presented by the Governor to his Special Adviser on Legislative Matter, Mr. Samuel Adejumo, for onward transmission to the state House of Assembly.

Oyo Ready To Inject Counterpart Funding Into UBEC/SUBEB Projects

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The Oyo State Government has expressed its readiness to commit huge finances into the 2018 intervention projects to be embarked on by the Federal Government/ Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran while inspecting some school projects financed by UBEC and SUBEB within Ibadan metropolis and Oyo town.

The Chairman expressed the State Government’s readiness to partner with Federal Government on the provision of basic facilities to Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, asserting that 54 model schools would be ready for commissioning soon.

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“Oyo State will be financially committed to the Federal Government-UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects within the State and we will not leave any stone unturned in the transformation of the education sector in the State.

“These laudable projects, if thoroughly maintained and put in good use will go a long way to advance effective teaching and learning system and give the desired effects in the output of good performance in external examinations as well as competitive academic environments in our schools.

“Again, I assure you of the readiness of this administration to play our own part in fulfilling the payment of counterpart funds towards UBEC/SUBEB funded projects,” he assured.

He also expressed the Government’s resolve to provide a solid foundation for the enhancement of education in the State, reiterating that it was considered as one of the major highlights in Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.

Dr. Adeniran, who expressed satisfaction at the compliance of some contractors on site, promised them quick access to funds, for speedy completion of the projects.

He expressed Government’s proactiveness about Education, noting that proper attention to the sector will forestall any bleak future for the coming generation.

“We are a proactive government. We see education as an integral foundation upon which our future would be built, so we are making this foundation solid through the provision of a conducive environment for these children,” he said.

While responding to some teachers, who sang the Governor’s praises for offsetting their salary arrears, Dr. Adeniran appealed to teachers in the State to give their best in the training of the pupils in their care.

Harping on Governor Seyi Makinde’s resolve not to owe any worker, the Chairman promised that Governor Seyi Makinde’s aspiration was to improve on what he met on ground, in the State.

The Chairman led a team from the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board to 25 public primary and Junior Secondary schools within Ibadan and Oyo town.

Suspected Ritualist Arrested After Murder Of Facebook Friend

 

A suspected ritualist has been arrested following the murder of a 25-year-old woman.

He was arrested by the Oyo State Police Command on Thursday.

The suspect, Dotun Ogunlade who claimed to be a spiritual healer and prophet told journalists that he had been chatting with the deceased since January when they became friends on Facebook.

Subsequently, the victim was lured to Igbo Ora from Ilorin where she was allegedly injected with an overdose of sleeping drugs after which she was strangulated.

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Thereafter, her head and arms were severed and the remained of the corpse was buried in a shallow grave as she was meant to be used for money rituals.

Addressing journalists at the Oyo State Police Command, the Commissioner, Shina Olukolu, warned the public of the dangers of making friends with strangers, especially on social media.

He also urged the public to be wary of people who claim to be clairvoyant or healers, saying they could be killers in disguise.

According to him, investigation is still ongoing on the matter and all those found guilty would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Police Arrest 26 NURTW Members In Oyo

 

Twenty-six members of the proscribed National Union Of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have been arrested by the police in Oyo State.

The commissioner of police in the state, Shina Olukolu disclosed this during a press briefing at the command headquarters in Ibadan the state capital.

Olukolu said the suspects were arrested while trying to forcefully take over motor parks at various parts of the state.

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He added that others were arrested at Liberty Stadium, the entrance of the venue of the inauguration of the state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

Some of these groups decided to test the capacity of the command; as a result, 26 of them were arrested for failed attempt to violently take over Motor Park in the state and at Liberty Stadium during the last inauguration, Olukolu said.

Motor parks where the suspects were arrested include New Garage, Challenge, Iwo Road, Muslim, and parts of Oyo town.

The police also arrested some armed robbery suspects, kidnappers and other suspected criminals.

The command further disclosed that from January till May this year, a total of 5,472 suspects were arrested for various offences, 3,052 charged to court, with 2,692 of those cases still awaiting trial.

Weapons such as guns with live cartridges, cutlasses, sharp knives, charms and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, were recovered from the suspects.

The Oyo State Government last week proscribed all activities of the NURTW until further notice.

Chief of Staff, Bisi Ilaka told journalists at the Governors office in Ibadan that the move is aimed at maintaining peace and order within the state.

Easter: Do Not Relent In Prayers, Gov Ajimobi Charges Christians

We’ve Delivered Democracy Dividends To Oyo People - Ajimobi
File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has urged Christians not to relent in prayers for the sustenance of the unity, peace and security of the country and for God to bring lasting peace to the troubled Northeastern region.

In an Easter message by the Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, the governor also urged Christians to imbibe the spirit of love, sacrifice and selflessness exhibited by Jesus Christ, the symbol of Easter, in their relationship with one another.

“Easter is not only about wining and dining. It is an occasion to show love to one another as exhibited by God who, out of his love for mankind, offered Jesus Christ to die for our sins to give us life more abundantly.

“We should, therefore, eschew any divisive tendency, violence and other things that are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Let us sustain our prayers for peace to continue to reign in Nigeria, particularly in the Northeast,” Ajimobi said.

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The Governor expressed appreciation to the Christian faithful for their fervent prayers for the state throughout his eight-year tenure, which, he said played a key role in the restoration of peace and security, as well as his unprecedented achievements.

“Permit me to use this opportunity to thank Christians and affiliate bodies in the state for their support and prayers for our dear state in the past eight years, without which we would not have been able to achieve anything tangible.”

He asked that the people should emulate Jesus Christ, who voluntarily offered himself as a living sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.

Aisha Buhari Visits Victims Of Lagos Building Collapse

Aisha Buhari visits victims of building collapse in Lagos on Saturday. Source: Bashir Ahmad.

 

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Saturday visited victims of the Ita Faji building collapse at the Lagos Island General Hospital.

Her visit was confirmed by the Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.

During the visit, Mrs Buhari prayed to God to grant families who lost loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss, while also wishing the survivors speedy recovery.

The three-storey building located on Marcey Street of the Ita Faji area of Lagos caved in on Wednesday around 9:45 am.


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At least 24 victims, mostly children who were pupils of a primary school located on the top floor of the building, were, however, rescued from the rubbles.

Nine persons were confirmed dead as the rescue officials declared the operations concluded on Thursday.

Barely 48 hours after, a similar incident occurred in Oyo State, although all eight of the victims were rescued.

NASS Adjourns Plenary In Honour Of Slain Oyo Rep

 

The National Assembly has adjourned plenary till Wednesday, March 13.

Members of the Red and Green Chambers agreed to the adjournment on Tuesday in honour of the Oyo rep member, Temitope Olatoye, who was shot dead during the governorship election in Ibadan.

The spokesman for the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Mr Toye Akinrinola, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Saturday after he was rushed to the hospital.

Akinrinola explained that Olatoye was rushed to the hospital at about 6:20 pm after sustaining critical gunshot wounds to the eye.

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According to him, the incident happened at Lalupon area of Lagelu Local Government Area of the state.

The UCH spokesman added that the lawmaker was too weak to be revived by the time he was brought to the medical facility for treatment.

Olatoye was the lawmaker representing Lagelu /Akinyele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.