No Worker In Oyo State Will Earn Below N30,000 Minimum Wage – Makinde

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says no staff in the State’s workforce would earn below the N30,000 national minimum wage.

Makinde said implementation of the minimum wage would commence as soon as the Committee set up by his government to look into the modalities for the implementation of the wage completes its assignment.

The Governor who gave this assurance on Wednesday during the 2020 inter-religious service. He noted that he was looking forward to a decision that would be agreeable to the civil servants as well as affordable and sustainable for the State government.

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“On the new minimum wage, the committee has been set up, they are working and moving towards alignment but I promise you that this administration and the workers of Oyo State are on the same page on this ongoing negotiation.

“When it is concluded, I give you the assurance that we shall stand side-by-side to announce to the whole world what we have agreed.

“Whatever we will agree upon is going to be in the interest of the workers and our state. First, our collective decision will be agreeable to everybody. Second, it will be affordable. Third, it will be sustainable.

“Before this administration came into place on May 29, the government was paying percentages as subvention to the higher institutions. Just a month before the previous administration left, they moved it to 100 percent and we have been paying it since we came in. I know that they do have an agreement in some states and will still breach the agreement. But, here, once we sign that agreement, we will pay it.

“We won’t pay in percentages and I want to also state categorically that no worker in Oyo State will earn below the national minimum wage,” Makinde said.

The service was attended by the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, the Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Amidat Ololade Agboola, other cabinet members and civil servants.

The HoS in her address commended Governor Makinde for giving the approval for the reinstatement of some officers in the civil/public service who were unjustly dismissed by the last administration among other approved welfare packages.

In his speech, Governor Makinde maintained that though the administration was less than a year in office, it has causes to be thankful to God, because it has continued to enjoy tremendous goodwill.

Governor Makinde also commiserated with victims of fire incidents across the State. He warned civil servants and to work towards preventing fire disasters by setting smart goals and planning adequately in the New Year.

PHOTOS: Excited Ibadan Residents Celebrate Seyi Makinde After Supreme Court Victory

 

Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital stood still on Thursday to welcome Governor Seyi Makinde back to the state following his victory at the Supreme Court in Abuja.

Governor Makinde was received at the Ibadan airport by his cabinet members, party loyalists and excited residents of the state.

Others troop out to the streets in celebration and welcomed the governor who in return waved at them as he drove around the town in an open van and danced to music from a music band.

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Makinde while addressing the crowd described the verdict as a confirmation of the will of the people and validation of the mandate given to him.

He promised that he will not deviate from the path to fulfilling his campaign promises to lift Oyo state out if poverty into prosperity.

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Makinde Signs Anti-Corruption Bill Into Law

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has signed the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Bill 2019 into law.

The bill which was passed by the State House of Assembly last week finally got approval and has become active with the assent given by the governor.

Governor Makinde described the move as a signal of his readiness to enforce probity and accountability.

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Mr Makinde immediately after his assent, transferred the law to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo for further administrative actions.

The Governor had, as part of initial declarations upon assumption of office, declared that the State under his watch would establish its own anti-corruption agency to ensure probity, accountability and good governance.

While signing the bill into law Governor Makinde said there is nothing to be scared of as the anti-corruption law has been domesticated to bring governance closer to the grassroots and guard the resources of the state in the same manner.

Makinde added that the law has no political colouration just as corruption and underdevelopment have no political leanings.

FRSC Official, One Other Killed As Car Rams Into Patrol Vehicle

 

An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and a yet-to-be-identified man have been killed by a vehicle in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

A statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said that a team of FRSC officials who were assigned to monitor and control traffic was approached by a truck driver who intended to make an inquiry from one of the members of the team.

“In the course of the inquiry, a Mercedes Benz ran into the patrol vehicle and in the process killed the arresting Marshal and the other person while they were discussing with the other FRSC Official occupying the driver’s seat who was also seriously affected by the crash.”

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It added that the Sector Commander along with her Management Team inspected the area of the scene to conduct a crash investigation and also to gather information from eyewitnesses.

“From that investigation, it was meticulously gathered that the FRSC Patrol vehicle was not in motion when the incident occurred.

“The seriously injured victim has been since rushed to the hospital for medical attention while the deceased have been taken to the morgue.”

Oyo South Senatorial District: Appeal Court Denies Ajimobi Victory

File photo: Governor Abiola Ajimobi said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has performed well to see re-election of a second term, during an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019.

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has reaffirmed the victory of Senator Kola Balogun in the February 23 National Assembly election, in line with the tribunal judgement earlier delivered in September, bringing the legal battle between himself and senatorial candidate of the APC, Abiola Ajimobi, to an end.

In a 45-minute judgement delivered by Justice Haruna Issamani of the Federal Court of Appeal on Friday, the Judge upheld the Victory of Senator Kola Balogun, saying that the petition which had claimed that he was not duly elected through majority votes, was not valid.

He explained in his judgement that the election of senator Kola Balogun was valid as it was in compliance with all necessary electoral rules and regulations as was held by the tribunal in the earlier judgement.

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The judge also upheld the decision of the tribunal that the issue of eligibility of a candidate should be challenged at the high court and not at the election tribunal.

The lead counsel to Senator Kola Balogun, Chief Olumuyiwa Makinde said the judgement was in line with the wish of the people.

Counsel representing the PDP, Barrister Bamidele Ogunjinmi, said all the witnesses presented by the appellant were not qualified to appear before the court.

Reacting to the ruling, Mr Balogun thanked God for giving him victory after five legal battles initiated by the APC.

The court of appeal is the final arbiter on election petition matters concerning National Assembly elections.

Oyo Govt Targets N20bn Monthly IGR Within Next Four Years

 

The Oyo State government has set a target of N20 billion to be earned as Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) monthly within the next four years.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, disclosed this at a one-day Workshop for the State media officers which held at the Film Theatre of the Ministry at the weekend.

According to Olatunbosun, the State’s IGR was reported to be between N2billion and N2.5billion during the tenure of the former Governor, Abiola Ajimobi – a situation which he says the current Governor, Seyi Makinde, hopes to change before the end of his first tenure.

Olatunbosun explained that the four cardinal points of the administration are in the areas of education, primary healthcare, agro-business and security.

He further stated that currently, all efforts are being made to plug tax holes so as to increase the State’s revenue.

He also urged the media officers to key into the governor’s agenda to achieve the set target.

“It is the belief of governor Seyi Makinde that Oyo State can be taken from a civil service-propelled economy to an agro-business-driven economy and before the first term of this administration runs out, we will be looking towards achieving about #20billion IGR target.

“You cannot enlighten people as a media practitioner if you are not enlightened, therefore the current administration believes in training of its officers to achieve maximum yield and productivity, especially for them to key into the agenda and aspirations of the government.

“This government is pro-people and would always deal with communication from the bottom to the top, we believe in the use of town hall meetings where all stakeholders would gather and set target for government as well as give feedback on the activities of the administration.

“All these require government media officers to be up-to-date, diligent and efficient, they are the reasons government has embarked on training the officers in this particular cadre among others,” he declared.

Also at the event were the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa and the Executive Assistant to the governor on Administration, Idowu Ogedengbe, who said the state government was working towards improving human capital index of the state workers towards enhancing the economy of the State.

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.