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.

 

Three-Storey Building Collapses In Ibadan, Three Rescued So Far

Three-Storey Building Collapses In Ibadan, Three Rescued So Far

 

Barely two days after a similar incident occurred in Lagos, another three-storey building has collapsed, this time in Ibadan.

The structure, which was still under construction, caved in at Shogoye in the Idi Arere area of the Oyo State capital.

The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Shina Olukolu, confirmed to Channels Television that three persons had been rescued so far.

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He added that rescue operations by emergency workers were ongoing at the site, as excavators were being expected to ensure prompt rescue of those still trapped under the rubble.

One of the survivors, Toheeb Gbadamosi

 

Mr Olokulo said the police were working with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and other stakeholders to save as many people as possible from the disaster scene.

It was, however, not clear what caused the incident but a crowd of people was seen trooping to the scene to lend support for the emergency officials.

Some of those trapped were construction workers said to be working on site before the building came down.

The Lagos State government on Friday confirmed that 20 people were brought to the hospital dead from the site of the building collapse in Massey Street, in the Ita Faji area of Lagos Island.

Already, officials of the state government have commenced the demolition of over 80 buildings marked for that purpose after they failed integrity test conducted on them.

PHOTOS: Ajimobi Receives Oyo Governor-Elect Makinde, PDP Members

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House in Ibadan on March 14, 2019.

 

In what has been described as a history-making event in Oyo State, the governor-elect in the state, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Thursday visited Governor Abiola Ajimobi, in his office in Ibadan, the state capital.

Mr Makinde put aside his political difference with the governor and led his deputy governor-elect, Mr Remi Olaniyan, and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to the Government House.

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The governor-elect was also accompanied on the visit by the Oyo PDP Chairman, Kunmi Mustapha; Director-General of Seyi Makinde Campaign Organisation, Bayo Lawal; and Senator Hosea Agboola among others.

The visit is captured in the pictures below:

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House in Ibadan on March 14, 2019.

It’s Needless To Kill People Over Political Ambition, Says Makinde

The Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr Seyi Makinde

 

The Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has decried the violence that erupted in the state during the elections, saying it was needless to kill people over political ambitions.

He stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s special programme on the election’s coverage, The Verdict.

His statement comes 24 hours after he emerged the winner of the governorship election which held in the state on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Makinde winner of the keenly contested poll after polling 515,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress who polled 357,982 votes.

But Makinde having clinched the state’s top job regretted the violence that claimed the life of the lawmaker representing Lagelu /Akinyele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Temitope Olatoye, blaming it on desperate politicians.

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“We have gone ahead to appeal to our people to stay calm. Occupying a political position does not require anyone to just kill. I saw the whole issue as desperation.

“We should allow the will of the people to prevail. If we adhere to that, then there wouldn’t be any need for anyone to lose their life for the sake of politics,” he stated.

Makinde, who would be sworn in as Oyo State Governor on May 29 promised to run an all-inclusive government regardless of who voted for him or not.

According to him, it is time to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state after a rigorous campaign.

“It has never happened in the history of elections in Oyo State where a candidate will win by a landslide with over 150,000 votes. All the things that we did right during that period, we will utilise them during the process of governance.

“We have the experience and we’ve seen those things work during the process. So we will ensure that the messages get to the grass root and we will get the grass root behind the government,” he added.

When asked what he will want to be remembered at the expiration of his four-year mandate that begins in May, Makinde explained that his parting gift to the people will be a robust and buoyant economy.

INEC Declares Makinde Winner Of Oyo Governorship Election

 

 

Mr. Seyi Makinde, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate has been declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Oyo state.

Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the INEC Returning Officer in the state declared the result on Sunday evening at the State headquarters of INEC in Ibadan.

INEC records revealed that Makinde polled a total of 515,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress who polled 357,982 votes.

There were 2,934,107 registered voters in the state with 940,211 voters accredited for the election.

Below are some of the results as collated on Saturday.

Ibadan North West LGA

APC -10,221
PDP -20,715
total vote cast- 32899

Ibarapa East LGA
APC – 8,646
PDP – 13, 002
total vote cast – 22,999

Atiba LGA
APC – 9,690
PDP – 14,636
total vote cast – 27,057

Kajola LGA
APC – 12,982
PDP – 13, 600
total vote cast -26, 984.

5. Ido LGA
APC – 8,585
PDP – 16,726
total vote cast -27,522

LAGELU
APC:11923
PDP:16217

IWAJOWA LG
APC:8459
PDP:9358

OGBOMOSHO SOUTH LG
APC:10,984
PDP:11,236

AFIJO
APC:7591
PDP:10515

Ibadan North East

APC- 12,553
PDP- 30,824

Ibadan South East

APC 13,277

PDP 24,556

Ibadan North East

APC- 12,553
PDP- 30,824

Ibadan South East

APC 13,277

PDP 24,556

ATISBO LG

APC 9,678
PDP 10,026

Ogooluwa LG

APC : 9547
PDP : 6,152

Surulere LG

APC 14,168
PDP 7505

Ogbomosho North

APC 14, 442
PDP 13, 035

Ibadan North

APC 18,868

PDP 40,786

Egbeda

APC 13,581

PDP 24,203

Itesiwaju LG

APC 6825
PDP 8612

Irepo LG

APC 7862
PDP 7633

OLUYOLE LC JUST IN

APC = 9,477

PDP = 18,070

Olorunsogo LG

APC 5,277
PDP 7,554

Ona Ara

APC 7, 848
PDP 14, 430

Akinyele LG

APC 12,023
PDP 23, 423

Iseyin LG

APC 15, 435
PDP 21, 080

Meanwhile, results of the house of assembly elections suggest that the PDP won 26 seats while the APC won 5seats, leaving the ADP to 1 seat.

House Of Reps Member Shot Dead In Oyo

Temitope Olatoye was shot by armed men at Lalupon area of Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo state.

 

 

The lawmaker representing Lagelu /Akinyele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Temitope Olatoye, has been shot dead by a yet to be identified group of armed men.

The spokesman for the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Mr Toye Akinrinola, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

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.

He also disclosed that Olatoye’s family had been informed about his death.

Meanwhile, there are reports that two other persons were killed at different locations in Ibadan, as a result of electoral violence.

Oyo PDP Governorship Candidate Seyi Makinde, Wife Vote In Ibadan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has cast his vote in Ibadan North East Local Government Area.

Makinde arrived at his voting centre at about 10.20 am in Ward 011, Unit 001 in the company of his wife, Omini Makinde, to cast his ballot.

He expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the polls, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had improved on logistics for the polls.

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“I noticed some improvements. We saw that INEC officials came in early; they were here before 8:00am and voting is going on.

“I am yet to get a report from other parts of the state. But I think so far so good. INEC has done a bit better in terms of logistics.”

He, however, expressed optimism that INEC would rectify all issues relating to the elections to allow the people to exercise their civic rights.

When asked about his possible emergence as governor of the state, he stated that the will of the people would prevail.

Oyo Sets Aside N200m Monthly To Assist Six State-Owned Tertiary Institutions

Ajimobi Condoles With Olubadan On Wife’s Death
File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo State Government has disclosed that it has set aside an additional Two Hundred Million Naira (N200m) special grant on monthly basis to assist the State institutions in off-setting their outstanding arrears.

The Government said that the first installment of the N200m Special Grant will take effect from March 2019 and will be paid alongside the March 2019 allocation, reiterating that the assistance covers 2016 and 2017 outstanding salaries while 2018 will be paid fully by each institution and some institutions had complied.

The State Head of Service (HoS), Mrs. Olawumi Ogunesan stated that these were part of the decisions agreed on during the meeting of the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi with the Chairmen of Governing Councils and Heads of the Six Oyo State Owned tertiary Institutions held at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan.

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Mrs. Ogunesan said that the government has agreed to assist in off-setting the outstanding salaries within the period of Thirty-two (32) months, adding “the state institutions including The Polytechnic Ibadan, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, The Oke – Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo-Ora and The College of Education, Lanlate are autonomous by Law establishing them.

“The Governing Council of each institution is responsible for payment of salaries and allowances as entrenched in its laws. The government, therefore, is committed to the provision of assistance to each institution. Consequent upon submission of Reports by KPMG Advisory Services on Financial Sustainability Review of each Institution, the Chairmen of Governing Councils of the Institutions pleaded with Government to assist in defraying the backlog of salaries arrears owed by each institution up till December 2017.

“Acceding to the request, Government resolved to assist the institutions to defray the backlog of salary arrears up to December 2017 to ensure the fiscal sustainability of each institution. The government however directed that the wage bills of all the institutions are audited and the audit report presented ahead of any assistance.

“The government has verified and confirmed the total salary indebtedness to the six State-Owned Tertiary institutions totaling N6.8b representing the outstanding salary spanning January 2016 to December 2017. The government decided that due to the paucity of funds, it shall set aside an additional sum of N200m Special Grant on a monthly basis to assist the institutions in off-setting the outstanding arrears.” Mrs. Ogunesan explained.

She noted that the outstanding of N4bn for LAUTECH, Ogbomoso presented at the meeting would be treated separately, noting that another meeting would be held within the next 14 days between Oyo and Osun States to work out modalities of settling the outstanding arrears.

Oyo Releases N1.5bn For Payment Of Gratuity To Retired Teachers, Workers

 

The Oyo State Government says it has released the sum of One Billion, Five Hundred Million Naira (N1.5bn) as part payment of outstanding gratuity and pension arrears to retired primary school teachers and local government workers in the state.

Also, the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has approved that the current salary of workers in the state is paid with their new financial benefits in line with 2012 – 2016 promotion exercise as recommended by the Technical Committee set up by the governor on February 14, 2019.

The government stated that the sum of Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (750M) will also be contributed quarterly by the Local Governments and its Local Council Development Areas (LCDAS) in the state for the same purpose in order to offset the accumulated gratuities of the retired local government workers including retired primary school teachers at all grade levels.

The State Government said this during a joint Press Conference involving the representatives of the State Government, the Local governments’ Chairmen, the Pensions Board, the Nigeria Union Pensioners and some of the affected pensioners at the Film Theatre, Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Secretariat, Ibadan.

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The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Oluseun Abimbola explained that the decision was taken after the out of court settlement between the state government and the NUP, saying that retired LGs workers should visit their various local governments to know the modalities involved in the collection of their gratuities.

Abimbola, who was with his counterparts from the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade and Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun stated that the NUP and government recently received the enrolled order of the National Industrial Court, Ibadan Division delivered by Hon. Justice Dele Peters, ratifying the terms of out of court settlement agreed between the Government and the Pensioners’ Unions on Monday, March 4, 2019, stressing that the government has commenced the payment of the N1.5bn.

He noted that the out of court settlement proffered solution to the about 12 years of pensions arrears and gratuity, stating that steps have been taken to ensure that all due pensions will be paid as at when due without adding it to the arrears on the ground.

Abimbola said, “the resolution and the court’s pronouncement recognized that the accrued Pension and Gratuity arrears was, and remains the statutory duty and responsibility of the Local Government to pay to retirees of primary school teachers as well as the local government staff, thus the Oyo State Government never had the liability nor obligation by law and is not the one owing these arrears as being speculated in some certain quarters.

“Nevertheless, Governor Ajimobi intervened and directed we engage all stakeholders to ensure a final resolution of this age-long matter inherited by this administration.

We have also agreed with the NUP as part of the terms of resolution to immediately commence a biometric exercise in order to eradicate any hidden incident of ghost workers/pensioners in the local government service or teaching service,” the Attorney General said.

In his address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade reiterated that the payment is for both deceased and living retirees, calling for maximum cooperation from the NUP so that the government efforts in alleviating the suffering of the retirees will be fruitful.

Speaking on behalf of the pensioners, the State Secretary of NUP, Comrade Olusegun Abatan thanked Governor Abiola Ajimobi for the kind gesture in settling the many years of imbroglio affecting the retired primary schools teachers and local government workers in the state, urging that the government should ensure that the next disbursement as agreed in the terms of settlement is ready as at when due.

The representative of local government chairmen, Chief Bosun Ajuwon, assured that local governments will live up to their expectation as all chairmen have budgeted a huge amount of money to be set aside monthly to ensure prompt payment of the outstanding, regretting that the pensioners’ arrears which predated this administration was just being resolved.

Implementation commenced immediately with the cheque presentation to some of the retirees after the Press briefing, while the process with payment to other pensioners are expected to continue tomorrow.

Oyo Elections: Lanlehin, Others Step Down, Pledge Support For PDP’s Makinde

 

 

The governorship candidates of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Olufemi Lanlehin and Sharafadeen Alli respectively on Monday stepped and pledged support for Mr. Oluseyi Makinde, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr. Bolaji Ayorinde thee candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has also joined the alliance with the PDP, ahead of the elections on Saturday.

Makinde, the PDP’s candidate is up against two other major candidates including the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu and Adebayo Alao-Akala of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) who is currently said to be in alliance with the APC.

Confirmations to the various alliances were made by the Directors-General of the campaign organizations of the parties involved in the coalition on Monday.

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Speaking on the coalition and his support for Makinde, Mr. Lanlehin said he has taken the move to support the PDP’s candidate in a bid to rescue Oyo from the claws of oppression.

“In the last few days, the idea of coalition was midwived by some opposition parties to rescue Oyo State, and its people, from the claws of oppression and injustice, and to restore their pride, progress, and prosperity;

It is a statement of facts that Oyo state citizens in the past eight years have been subjected to untold hardship through the maladministration of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); whose actions and inactions, have ensured dividends of democracy is alien to our people;

Having then submitted to that coalition arrangement, and agreed to decisions reached thereto, after series of meetings and consultations, I, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin (SOLAN), Oyo State ADC governorship candidate, do hereby officially decline from contesting Saturday’s governorship poll, and in equal measure, endorse Engr Seyi Makinde, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP);

Though a tough decision, considering the human and material resources, as well as time, already expended in pursuance of my governorship bid, not minding the contacts and tours already made to the 33 local governments of the state, it is my firm belief, that no sacrifice is too much, in the total liberation of our state from the clutches of godfathers and capitalists headquartered outside Oyo State, and its subsequent return to the masses of our people;

This decision, without doubt, is in the interest of our state, our people, and the continued progress of our land;

It is to be noted however, that though I have willingly decided to forgo my governorship ambition in the interest of posterity and service, let me add, that all House of Assembly candidates on the platform of our party, the African Democratic Congress (ADC), retain my total support, and are still contesting to win their various constituencies, as this alliance is totally for the purposes of securing the governorship;

Finally, therefore, I implore all my loyalists, supporters, friends, and well-wishers, as well as members of the Oyo ADC to vote Engr Seyi Makinde of the PDP as Oyo State governor on Saturday, 9 March 2019, and House of Assembly candidates for ADC in the 32 constituencies of Oyo State,” Senator Lanlehin stated.

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Meanwhile, the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Oyo state Engr Seyi Makinde has congratulated the people of Oyo on his adoption by the coalition of political parties.

A statement from his campaign office signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade said that leaders of the parties, led by the Osi Olubadan High Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, Senator Femi Lanlehin, Barrister Sarafadeen Ali and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN, displayed unsurpassed broadmindedness and political maturity in agreeing to adopt him to face the APC, which is the nemesis of our people.

According to the statement, the milestone achievement has now paved the way for the PDP to coast home to victory with the support of other patriotic leaders.
The APC will be overwhelmed and drowned in their attempt to rig the election through violence and votes manipulation.

The statement said that if the APC wishes, it can arrange a camp bed in Ibadan for their Lagos leader, our people will banish them out of our territory.

Seyi Makinde said that the APC should look for another business center.

“Oyo state is out of your stranglehold and out of bounds,” he said