Makinde Declares Emergency On Waste Management In Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared a state of emergency on refuse collection and waste management in the state.

The governor’s decision follows the re-appearance of refuse and filth on streets in the state.

Makinde during an extraordinary meeting at the Executive Council Chambers in Ibadan, the state capital, said waste management has become a matter of emergency, adding that poor waste management could have wider implications on the state of health of individuals in the state.

“I am sure that most of you must have gone through our state and have noticed that as far as our solid waste management is concerned, we are all living in the midst of filth basically.

“Apart from these wastes being an eyesore, it also has wider implications as far as health is concerned, because when you have a filthy environment, all kinds of health challenges will come in. We need to declare an emergency on our solid waste management. It is a big issue for all of us and we have to take the bull by the horn. We have to take leadership.

“What I have asked to be done is to, first of all, mobilize all resources possible and we will all be out this evening (Monday evening) to do the cleanup. We have trucks and have mobilized workers and we will take off,” he said.

Makinde also warned that no one should misconstrue the exercise for showmanship, adding that a serious issue like waste disposal has to be taken with all seriousness.

“This is not for showmanship but a serious challenge that we have. If we don’t do it, I can bet that a few weeks down the line, we will see the impact at our hospitals.

“I have also heard that there are saboteurs who neatly arrange thrash on the median. Well, I wish them luck because we now have security personnel involved and anyone caught importing waste to Oyo State will be dealt with according to our environmental laws.

“I believe, from our projection, that within the next three to four weeks, we should have a permanent solution in place, a model that will be sustainable and that will also be full-proof for the saboteurs.”

INEC Compensates Family Of Corps Member Who Died In Oyo

INEC REC in Oyo, Mutiu Agboke, with relatives of late Abimbola Adeniran at the commission’s office in Ibadan, the state capital.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has compensated the family of a corps member who died, Abimbola Adeniran, in an auto crash during the general elections in Oyo State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Mutiu Agboke, presented a cheque to the family of the lady on Friday at his office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He condoled with Abimbola’s family and encouraged them to see their daughter as a heroine who paid the ultimate price for a better nation.

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According to him, INEC will do all within its power to nurture the relationship it has with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and other ad-hoc staff community.

Agboke added that INEC recognises the critical mass represented by the ad-hoc staff during the electoral process and would continue to do all necessary to keep them safe.

He, therefore, called on the entire ad-hoc staff community not to be deterred by Abimbola’s death but to renew their determination for service to Nigeria and mankind.

The REC also asked politicians to stop the ‘do or die’ attitude during elections and allow the electorate to freely choose their leaders without violence, intimidation or harassment.

Missus Folasade Adeyemi, who received the cheque on behalf of Abimbola’s family, thanked the electoral body for commiserating with them and remembering their daughter.

Appeal Court Affirms Makinde’s Election Victory, Validates Adelabu’s Appeal

Photo combination of Seyi Makinde and Adebayo Adelabu

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has affirmed the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state and validated the appeal of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court of appellate jurisdiction says it disagrees with the tribunal judgement on grounds that the documents submitted were not properly processed while the evidences submitted by the appellant  was not adequately evaluated.

It further stated that this however does not give sufficient grounds to tamper with  the victory of Seyi Makinde as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Court of Appeal also ordered that status quo before the tribunal’s judgment should remain, which is the return and declaration of Makinde as winner of the March 9,2019 governorship poll in Oyo State.

The court held that if not for time, it would have ordered a re-trial at the tribunal, noting that unfortunately, the time limit of 180 days for tribunal had been exhausted.

The Court of Appeal found that the judgement of the lower tribunal  that dismissed Adebayo Adelabu of the APC’s petition against Makinde’s election as the governor was perversed and therefore set the judgement aside.

But the Court of Appeal did not make any further order concerning the election of Seyi Makinde and did not make any order for re- hearing of the election petition, and that the status quo as the time of filing the petition by Adelabu should remain.

Electoral Act allows a grace of 180 days for the petition to be heard at the tribunal, which affirmed that the tribunal duly spent her time and so nothing could be done on their pronouncement as to the validity of the election.

Three of the four-person panel of the Court of Appeal resolved 3 major  issues in the favour of the appellants. But there was a dissenting judgment from a judge with a proviso that the panel could not nullify Makinde’s election.

The lead counsel to Makinde, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), told journalists after the delivery of the judgment that the declaration of Makinde as governor “has not been affected in any way. The Court of Appeal in their wisdom said they did not agree with the lower tribunal. They did not also say that they did not agree with INEC. So, INEC’s declaration is sacrosanct and it remains until any other pronouncement from the court.

“We have not seen the details of the judgment. We were all in court and you (journalists) saw that the details were not read to us. As far as we are concerned, there is no cause for alarm.”

Fielding questions from reporters on the implications of the judgment of Governor Makinde, Jegede said: “There is no implication on the return and declaration of Seyi Makinde as the governor of Oyo State.”

Counsel to Adelabu and APC, Adeboye Shobanjo, also told journalists: “You listened to what my lord said about the evaluation of judgment of evidence that when there are evidence before the court, the evidence of all parties before the court should be evaluated. Judgment should not be based only on the evidence of a party in a case and if that was done during the trial,  or during the judgment, that is contrary to the provision of the constitution on fair hearing.

“Second, this court settled the issue of dumping of documents on election cases, and contrary to the decision of the tribunal that all the documents tendered by the appellants were dumped on the tribunal. The judgment made it known that the documents were not dumped on the tribunal.

“In totality, the appeal was allowed. But my lord said that because of effusion of time, that since the time for trial has lapsed at the tribunal, they cannot order for retrial of the case.

“But generally or totally, the appeal was allowed. It showed that the judgment of the tribunal occasioned miscarriage of justice against the appellants.”

When asked to comment if Adelabu wnd APC would proceed to the Supreme Court, Shobanjo simply said: “The next step depends on my clients. They will brief us accordingly and it depends on instructions.”

Meanwhile, the APC in Oyo State has reaffirmed its strong belief in the judiciary as the pillar of hope for the sustenance of democracy, saying Adelabu and the party would approach the Supreme Court for final settlement of the litigation.

While reacting to the judgment through a statement issued by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC lauded the Appellate Court’s Judges for their pronouncement which validated the claims of the plaintiffs in the matter before it but “regretted that the good people of the state would still have to wait for the final adjudication on the case before our candidate could reclaim his mandate.

“The verdict given on Monday was unambiguous, apt and sound enough to convince any informed mind about the genuineness of our claim that Makinde’s declaration as the winner of the March 9 poll was done by INEC in error. The results announced were ridiculously inflated and there is no way such conspiracy could stand the test of proper scrutiny as this was just confirmed by the Appellate Court

“While we use this opportunity to salute the court for living up to its responsibility as the last hope of the common man, we are appealing to the good people of the state including Oyo APC faithful and other key stakeholders to remain calm and resist being provoked, in whatever way or form, by the PDP government and its agents who are apparently occupying the Agodi Government House on a borrowed time.

“Obviously, the next line of action is for us as a Party and our gubernatorial hopeful to approach the Supreme Court for perfection of the landmark verdict delivered by the Court of Appeal today and, by the special Grace of God, we shall obtain favorable judgment from the Apex Court as only this would lend credence to the fact Nigeria’s democratic practice is premised on free and fair elections as well as the rule of law.”

Police Rescue 259 People From Another ‘Illegal Detention Centre’

 

A total of 259 people have been liberated from another detention facility uncovered by the Oyo State Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital, and handed over to the government.

Among those rescued were 34 females, 10 children and an infant.

Operators of the facility, located at the Olore area along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at Ojoo, claim it is a correctional centre for delinquents.

However, the Police Commissioner, Oyo State Command, Shina Olukolu, who led a team from his command along with state government officials, frowned at the deplorable condition of some of the people held at the centre, and promised to bring the perpetrators to book.

Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Shina Olukolu, says those who ran the centre will be prosecuted diligently.

 

The police boss said he and his men stormed the centre after a young man informed a divisional police officer (DPO) under his command of its existence.

He said the young man who tipped the police off told the DPO that the centre was being run by someone who claimed to have the powers to be able to change the anti-social behaviours of youngsters and others.

“The young man said they were being maltreated, not being well-fed, being treated like slaves and they are engaged in false labour and, sometimes, their death is not reported to anybody,” the Police Commissioner added.

The illegal detention centre in Oyo is the latest in the growing list of such centres being discovered in parts of the country, a development rights activists and many others have found alarming.

 

Lamenting the discovery and the need to ensure that more people do not operate such centres, he told reporters that a thorough investigation will be carried out/

“This area will be secured and the police will be able to do further investigation, further search, and anyone at all who is found culpable will definitely be arrested, investigated and prosecuted diligently to serve as a warning to others who may want to operate such houses that serve as illegal detention centres,” the commissioner said.

Operators of the centre claim it was a rehabilitation centre, a claim the Police Commissioner dismissed.
Police and government officials stormed the centre after being tipped off about it.
More than 30 women and one infant were among those found at the centre.
Many young boys and girls were at the centre with some sharing tales of torture and exploitation.
Young boys and a girl at the centre watch on from a window in the building where they had been held in deplorable conditions.

Vigilante Leader, Suspect Die As Operatives Rescue Man Abducted In Oyo

 

The vigilante community of Igbo Ora in Oyo State has been thrown into mourning following the loss of one of its leaders, Tajudeen Ayanwale, during a rescue operation of a kidnapped victim.

The victim identified as Bakare was abducted by a five-man gang of suspected kidnappers on Tuesday last week at about 8pm in the suburbs of Eruwa in the Ibarapa area of the state.

He said he was made to face the gruelling task of walking through a dense forest spanning over 42km before his abductors ran out of luck.

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The police assisted by some vigilantes had caught up with the suspects while an exchange of fire ensued between the security operatives and Bakare’s abductors.

Some of the local vigilantes in Igbo Ora.

 

 

This led to the rescue of the kidnapped victim with paying the ultimate price while a member of the gang was killed.

“I saw a touch flashing at me with some people shouting stop. There were 5 of them and I tried to manoeuvre but they eventually caught up with me,” Bakare told reporters after he regained his freedom.

He further narrated, “As I fell off my bike, they started tying me up with rope and marched me through the forests. We nearly got into Ogun State when I heard gunshots.

“It continued for a while until my abductors left me and scampered for safety. I also ran to hide then I heard a vehicle arrive and picked up someone then left.”

“Shortly afterwards, the vehicle returned with many motorcycles; then I cried out that I was the man abducted. They asked if I was hurt but I said I was fine but one of my kidnappers was hit.

“We searched for a long time but couldn’t find him until the next morning when we saw his body. They also told me that the kidnappers shot one of the vigilantes who came to rescue me,” he added.

A file photo of late Tajudeen Ayanwale.

 

 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Mr Shina Olukolu, led some top officials of the State Police Command to condole with Ayanwale’s family.

He conveyed the message of the Inspector General of Police to the deceased’s family, as well as his friends and colleagues.

Olukolu, however, stressed the need for the renewal of courage and commitment to achieving a peaceful society against the odds.

He urged security agencies and allied groups not to allow the incident loss to deter them in the fight against kidnapping, banditry, and other criminal activities.

Oyo Govt To Construct Five Model Schools Across Senatorial Districts

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

 

Oyo State Government has revealed plans to construct five new model schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.

A statement by the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, explained that this was in line with the 2018 intervention project in conjunction with Federal Government’s Universal Basic Education Board.

The Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran, made the announcement during a prequalification exercise for the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention projects in Ibadan.

He noted that the projects would be awarded to qualified contractors among the 76 applicants who applied for the pre-qualification exercise.

Dr Adeniran listed the beneficiary schools to include Methodist Primary School, Bodija in Ibadan North Local Government Area (LGA); and St. Paul’s Primary School, Yanbule in Ibadan North East (LGA).

Others are Methodist Primary School, Arowomole, Ogbomosho South LGA; Community Primary School, Airport, Ona-Ara LGA; and Muslim Grammar (Jnr) School, Odinjo, Oluyole LGA.

The SUBEB boss affirmed that the present administration would ensure equity, fairness and objectivity in the award of these contracts.

“The anomalies observed in the award of contracts by the last administration through awards of 64 and 72 projects to a single contractor is a thing of the past, as our administration is guided by fairness, equity, transparency and accountability,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

Dr Adeniran commended the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, for his bid to enhance education delivery and access to basic education in the state.

According to him, this is made manifest through the governor’s immediate intervention in the education sector through the budgetary increment of the sector.

The SUBEB chairman also reiterated the government’s determination to terminate payment of legal and illegal fees in public schools.

He added that the newly introduced extra-mural classes for JSS3 and SS3 students would improve the academic performances of the students tremendously.

Oyo Election Tribunal To Rule On APC’s Petition Challenging Makinde’s Victory

akwa ibom-benue, tribunal-saraki

 

The governorship election petition tribunal in Oyo state is currently sitting to deliver judgement on the petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressives congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu challenging the victory of governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March governorship election.

The tribunal had in August admitted the final written addresses of governor Makinde of the PDP, Mr Adelabu of the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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

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He insisted that the petitioners complained of irregularities in 1,334 polling units and only called 38 polling unit agents out of which majority of them confirmed that the election conducted by INEC complied strictly with the electoral act.

The counsel to governor Makinde had also faulted the relief by the petitioners claiming they amount to hearsay and asked the court to dismiss the petition.

But counsel to Mr Adelabu and the APC, Yusuf Alli is insisting that the petition is meritorious and that other witness not called have their statement properly laid before the tribunal.

Your Commitment To Success Must Not Waiver, Makinde Tells Appointees

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has challenged his political aides to be committed to the efforts of his administration to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

He made the demand on Sunday in his closing remarks at the end of a two- day executive retreat for members of his cabinet and senior aides at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, the state capital.

“For our permanent secretaries and political office holders, it still remains ‘soldier go, soldier come’ but the barrack remains.

“How many governors have you seen their backs? You will see the back of this government too. But your commitment to the success of this administration must not waiver,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa.

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A Fair System

Governor Makinde further stressed the need for political appointees and top officials of the state civil service to work in harmony.

He stated that collective responsibility must be the watchword for success to be achieved and gave assurance that the civil servants would be empowered to do their job but not without accountability.

The governor said, “We are making a pact with you that the current administration will empower you. We will give you those responsibilities. We will give you the authority to carry them out but we demand from you accountability.”

“I know that the pertinent question that is probably agitating your mind right now is that, will the system be fair to you? I make bold to say that, under my watch, absolutely.

“So, my appeal to everybody is, come with me, let us create a new prosperous Oyo State together and God will help us,” he added.

 

Development Agenda

On measures being put in place to develop the state, Governor Makinde explained that his administration has a 20-year agenda to save Oyo from underwhelming performances.

He acknowledged the efforts of past governments but insisted that his administration was setting a high bar for development objectives.

Governor Makinde said, “We have been underachieving for many years … within the shortest possible time, we have to put in place a strategic development plan for Oyo State.

“Administrations have come and gone but operated on ad-hoc basis; we will put in place a 15 to 20-year Development plan for Oyo State. We will be bullish about our development plans.”

The governor further clarified, “Of course, according to the mandate right now it is for four years. So, what I mean is, we have to put up a plan or vision in which successive administrations won’t really need to go back and do the hard work again.

“We will do the hard work, and I have a feeling that we used to have some authentic heroes amongst us here. Because when we are done, maybe the leadership of the next administration is here with us.  So, we should not take anything for granted.”

Ex-Oyo Gov Ajimobi Loses Bid At Tribunal To Become Senator

A file photo of former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

 

 

The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has lost his bid to become a senator at the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan.

The Tribunal on Tuesday dismissed the petition of the former governor challenging the victory of Senator Kola Balogun in the Ibadan South senatorial district election.

Having completed two tenures as governor of Oyo State, Ajimobi joined the tussle for the Ibadan South seat in the upper chamber of the National Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

The former governor was, however, defeated by Senator Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 elections.

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In a ruling that lasted about three hours, a three-man panel led by Justice Anthony Akpovi dismissed Ajimobi’s petition and held that he failed to prove all the allegations of corruption against the lawmaker.

Justice Akpovi noted that a margin of 13,502 votes between the votes cast for Senator Balogun and the former governor, adding that the discrepancy of 11,759 votes alleged by the APC was far lesser than the difference.

He held that even if the 11,759 was deducted from the total difference of 13,502 votes, Senator Balogun still led by 1,743 votes.

The judge also stated that the APC candidate rested his case on card reader malfunction but the Tribunal held that a card reader malfunction cannot invalidate the accreditation of voters.

He, thereafter, dismissed the petition challenging the election of the lawmaker.

In a related development, the Tribunal in another judgement delivered by Justice Sambo Daka upheld the victory of Senator Fatai Buhari in the Ibadan North senatorial district election.

It dismissed the petition filed by a former Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande, challenging Buhari’s election.

Justice Daka held that Adeola and her party, PDP failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt to warrant cancellation of the election held in the senatorial district.

Makinde Appoints EX-Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni As Adviser

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

 

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has appointed a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Benue states, Mr Fatai Owoseni, as his Special Adviser on Security Matters.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the governor approved the appointment which took effect from August 1.

According to him, Owoseni’s appointment was in line with the recognition of security as one of the four pillars of his administration in Oyo State.

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Governor Makinde had also promised to unveil a new security architecture for the state before his first 100 days in office.

In the letter of appointment, he wished Mr Owoseni success in his new assignment and urged him to discharge his duties with absolute loyalty and dedication.

Fatai Owoseni, Former Lagos Police Commissioner.

 

 

The retired Police Commissioner who was born on August 17, 1962, has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin, and a diploma in Police Management (DPM) from the University of Jos.

He rose through the ranks as an Inspector of Police and became the Commissioner of Police in charge of General Investigations at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Abuja.

Owoseni served as the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State and was subsequently deployed to Benue at the height of the herdsmen and farmers clashes.

The statement indicated that the newly-appointed special adviser would bring his wealth of experience garnered over the decades through many local and international assignments to bear on the security situation in Oyo State.

‘We Begged To Apply’, Governor Makinde Vows To Serve Oyo People

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has vowed to serve the people of the state, saying that he begged to apply.

He stated this during an interfaith prayer session which held in his honour at his Office in Ibadan, the state capital.

When the bishop was preaching, he said we should rule with the fear of God. Well, there is nothing like ruling here.

We came to Oyo State people, we begged to apply, and they gave us the opportunity. So, it is a service. I am here to serve the people of Oyo State. So, we will serve with the fear of God, he stated.

While addressing residents of the state, the governor noted that the progress and development of the state are not negotiable.

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He, therefore, called on the workers to cooperate with the new administration, adding that the bulk of all responsibility rests on his table as such he will govern with equity.

Makinde, who took over the helm of affairs of the state yesterday, also recalled his commitment to plug loopholes in governance.

In doing this, he called on the people to hold his government responsible for any decision making, adding that the people also will be responsible for their actions.

As I said yesterday during my inaugural address, I want you to hold me accountable for all decisions that this administration will be taken henceforth.

At the same time, I will also hold you accountable as we work as partners to lift Oyo State to its predestined position.

This translates to our determination to plug all holes and weak areas that allow the enterprise of the bad ones, he stated.

Speaking on the welfare of workers, the governor stated that the government will train the civil servants both locally and internationally for better efficiency in service delivery.

French Ambassador Visits Oyo Governor-Elect To Boost Bilateral Relations

French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Pasquire Jerome, listens as Oyo State Governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde, briefs him during a visit to the state on May 15, 2019.

 

The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Pasquire Jerome on Wednesday visited the Oyo State Governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde.

The visit is sequel to Makinde’s plans to embrace initiatives from local and foreign investors with a view to bringing development to the state.

The governor-elect told the French delegation that state is blessed with vast land and natural resources needed to be tapped for the interest of the state, especially in the area of human development and agriculture to create employment.

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“Oyo State in land mass is actually about the size of Belgium. We have derived Savannah in the north and all the way down to the rain forest in the south. We may by default by blending for the entire country,” he stated.

Responding, the French Ambassador said his country is willing to develop both economic and political relationship with Nigeria and especially Oyo State in different fields.

According to him, France has many companies willing to do businesses in Nigeria.