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

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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.

Two Killed In Oyo Petrol Tanker Explosion

 

Two persons have been confirmed dead in a blaze after a tanker laden with petrol skidded off the Ibadan end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

The police authorities in Oyo State confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Thursday.

According to them, the tanker spilled its content into a nearby intersection while an unconfirmed number of people sustained burns of various degrees.

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The accident occurred at Onipepeye area, along Iwo Road in Ibadan, the state capital.

An eyewitness explained that some people rushed to the scene and started scooping fuel from the tanker shortly after it skidded off.

However, an attempt to start a broken-down vehicle nearby was said to have ignited the areas around the spill, causing the tanker to explode.

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Man Dies After Jumping Off A Mast In Ibadan

Man Dies After Jumping Off A Mast In Ibadan

 

A young man simply identified as Sola has committed suicide in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Sola was said to have killed himself on Saturday morning after he climbed and jumped down from the peak of a mast belonging to a commercial bank at Sango area in Ibadan.

An eyewitness told Channels Television at the scene of the incident that the victim who appeared to be deeply troubled was seen naked before the tragedy.

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According to her, Sola had made an attempt to climb a fence near some shops in the area but was prevented by the traders.

He was said to have taken another route through the bank’s premises where he gained access to the mast.

She explained that the victim climbed to the top of the mast and was shouting that he wanted to die before he eventually jumped.

In his reaction, the father of the victim who was accompanied by the mother described the incident as shocking and unbelievable.

The father refused to disclose his name but narrated that Sola had gone to church with his mother on Friday night and returned early on Saturday without any noticeable problem.

He said neither the victim’s mum nor himself knew when Sola left the house, only for them to be alerted by neighbours who saw him stripping himself on the road just before the incident.

The Oyo State Police Command confirmed the incident to Channels Television shortly after it occurred.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, disclosed that the man was confirmed dead at the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan.

He said the victim was able to gain access to the bank’s premises as the security operatives on duty mistook him for a beggar requesting money from ATM users.

Mr Fadeyi added that Sola fell on the roof of the bank and was rescued but was certified dead at the hospital as he bled through the mouth.

He added that his body has been moved to the morgue but the victim’s relatives have yet to claim it.

Olu Falae Charges Oyo Governor-Elect On Good Governance

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae visits the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Seyi Makinde on March 26, 2019 in Ibadan.

 

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Olu Falae has charged the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde on good governance.

On his visit to Makinde on Tuesday in the Ibadan area of the state, Falae advised the newly-elected governor to reset the template instituted by late Obafemi Awolowo in the southwest.

Falae, who is the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said only a determined and focused person can help reposition the region based on good governance.

“Since the demise of Obafemi Awolowo, we have not had a governor to set a new template, the template Obafemi Awolowo Set in his 9 years of government as the Premier of Western Nigeria.

“We need to reinvent that template so that we will be more in accordance with the challenges and priorities of today, and I have no doubt whatsoever that Engineer Seyi Makinde by the grace of God is the man chosen by providence to set that for the Yoruba race,” he stated.

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The elder statesman also commended Makinde over what he described as his courageous and resilient spirit over the years by remaining focus after suffering setbacks in his political career.

He advised those who are still aspiring to go into politics not to give up, adding that “Seyi never gave up, he will go back to the drawing board, come to Akure and seek for advice on how to go about his next step. Today God has crowned his efforts.”

In his response, Makinde appreciated the elder statesman for the visit and support extended to him so far.

He reiterated his commitment for regional integration, adding what is needed for Nigeria to be lifted economically and socially is the restoration of the Yoruba race.

He also stated his resolve to consult the elder statesman, imploring him that whenever they are passing through Oyo state “see us and we will host you as you give us your advice on how to move the state forward.”

SERAP Asks Lagos, Oyo Governments To Compensate Building Collapse Victims

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Lagos and Oyo state governments to adequately compensate the victims of the collapsed buildings at Lagos Island and Ibadan the Oyo state capital.

In a statement by the Deputy Director of SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, the group asked the governments of the two states to take meaningful steps to avoid further damage to the human rights of the people affected.

“We condemn the collapse of a three-storey building in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island with over 20 people including school children reportedly dead and 45 injured, and the collapse of a two-storey building in Ibadan, Oyo state, with some people reportedly injured.

“We stand in solidarity with those affected and ready to help by providing free legal advice, assistance, and support in order to ensure that justice is not only done but also seen to be done in these cases.

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“Schools should be a sanctuary – a place where children can learn, develop and play with their classmates, and prepare for their future lives in society”.

The statement further read that, “The collapse of the school building is due to weak enforcement regulations or corruption which is an implicit attack on the right of Nigerian children to education, life, and human dignity. Such a situation creates an environment of fear and severely diminishes the quality of children’s education.

“The tragedies demand accountability and both Lagos and Oyo states should accept responsibility for these incidents; promptly, thoroughly and impartially investigate exactly how they happened, and publicly apologise to the victims, their families and Nigerians.

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“Building developers and contractors can only be properly held to account if the two states do the right thing for the harm they have caused.”

SERAP further blamed both incidents on what it describes as the weak enforcement of building regulations and oversight by the two states and is advocating an urgent need for effective action and reforms.

In order to prevent other tragedies, the organisation is also urging both federal and state authorities to monitor and effectively enforce compliance with their regulatory and environmental standards.

No Casualty Recorded In Ibadan Building Collapse – NEMA

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says no casualties were recorded in the building collapse that occurred in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The NEMA South West Coordinator, Slakku Luggard and Director of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Akin Makinde, confirmed this to Channels Television in the early hours of Saturday.

 

Ibadan building collapse ( March 15, 2019)

 

Eight men were said to have been in the three-storey building at the time of the collapse on Friday and after frantic efforts by emergency rescue officials and residents in the area, six persons were initially rescued.


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Later that evening, an excavator arrived to continue the search through the rubbles.

“It took us some hours before the necessary excavator could be gotten to assist us in evacuating the debris. We thank God there were no casualties,” Makinde said.

After the long search, the remaining two victims were rescued at about 1:00 am and immediately taken to the University College Hospital, UCH Ibadan.

Mr Luggard, on the other hand, lamented that the process would have been much more seamless if residents had not crowded the area and if the excavators had been readily available.

He also said there’s a need for more awareness as regards the use of quality building materials while the government needs to put necessary measures in place to ensure that all structures are up to the required standard.

“I think the rescue would have been faster than this and would have given us more results within a short time if not because of the crowd we saw and it was difficult to manage them and the second challenge we had was the issue of excavators.

“The information came around 6:30 and before the excavators actually started, it was about 10 or there about”.

“We belive that with more awareness and working together, we will get over this.

“I think people need to be sensitised about the building materials they use and the government will be meeting with stakeholders including people who are into the building industry to make sure that they supervise these things,” he said.