Amosun Signs 2017 Budget Into Law In Ogun State

Ibikunle Amosun Signs 2017 Budget Into Law In Ogun StateThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has signed the 2017 budget of 221 billion Naira tagged “Budget of Repositioning” into law.

Flanked by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekunbi and some members of the state executive council, the Governor promised to implement the contents of the budget to the fullest, despite the current financial challenges in the country.

The budget outlook puts capital expenditure at 118 billion Naira, representing 53.5% while the recurrent expenditure stands at 102 billion Naira, representing 46.5% of the total budget.

Education, infrastructural development, rural development and others are expected to take the pride of place in the budget.

Abia Rural Development: Umukabia Community Commends Orji

Ebola virusThe Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, has said that enhancing the socioeconomic development of the people of the state would remain the priority of the administration.

He made this known at the Executive Chamber of the Government, Umuahia, when the people of Umukabia paid him a courtesy call to thank him for the rehabilitation of their roads and for appointing some of their sons and daughters into his government.

They said this gave them a sense of belonging.

In response, the Governor said that the decision to rehabilitate Umukabia Road was aimed at alleviating the hardship faced by the people, especially those living in the rural areas who are mostly farmers and find it difficult to convey their farm produce to the market.

The people of the community also solicited for the upgrading of their Health Centres, as well as the inclusion of their teeming youths in the empowerment programmes.

The Abia State Government assured them of further aligning with the view that uplifting the standard of living of the grassroots and alleviating poverty across the rural areas are major dividends of democracy that would increase the economic development of the state.

MDGs: Imoke Says State On Course To Meet 2015 Target

The Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke, has said that the state under his leadership is on due course to meet the 2015 target, set for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, MDG’s.

The MDG’s are eight international development goals that were established for the millennium summit of the United Nations in 2000, following  the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.

All 189 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations committed to help achieve these goals by the year 2015.

Speaking on the progress of the plan, Imoke expressed hope that his administration will deliver on the set target 2015, towards meeting the goals as meaningful progress in various sectors that  has been recorded in the state.

Governor Imoke made this known while fielding questions from journalists in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, on the achievement of the MDG interventions.

Areas of key interest according to the governor have been in the health, education, and rural development interventions which have contributed significantly to the betterment of  lives of the rural populace across the state.

The governor maintained that, through the interventions made available for the MDGs, over 60 health facilities have been built and are well equipped at the primary health level, renovation of existing health centers have been made possible, as well as employment and training of staff to deliver effectively in the sector and landmarks.



Orji Sets Up Committee To Rehabilitate Rural Roads

The Abia State government has set up a Rural Access Mobility Projects (RAMP) to facilitate the rehabilitation of roads that lead to large farmlands and markets in various communities within the three senatorial districts of the state.

The Commissioner of Information, Dr.Eze Chikamnayo while briefing news men after the state executive council meeting at Umuahia explained that RAMP was set up in a bid to boost the economy through rural development as a way of shifting focus on the rural areas with emphasis on rehabilitation of roads.

He also said that the decision is because the infrastructural projects which include roads, equipping of the dialysis centre among others  embarked upon in the urban centre are mostly completed and bearing in mind that the liberation farms set up by the state to curb unemployment among the youths are all in the rural areas.

According to him, one out of the twin buildings at the new workers secretariat is completed and the other structure is 80 per cent completed. He added that the old secretariat is wearing a new look with new roofing.

Dr. Chikamnayo urged Abians to support the administration of Governor Theodore Orji who is desirous to give the state a new facelift and ensure abians irrespective of status benefit from dividend of democracy.


NGO Partners With Imo, Sinks Borehole In 3 Communities

The Uzotex Foundation in partnership with the Imo state government on Saturday commissioned boreholes in Umulewe, Ntueke and Umuchima communities in Ideato south local government area of the state; bringing a 25-year struggle for portable and drinkable water to an end.

The Imo State Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development, Professor Boniface Iwuchukwu disclosed that the project is part of the Okorocha led administration’s plan to bring utmost development to the grassroots as well as positively touch the lives of people living in the rural areas.

During the commissioning of the newly sunk water bore holes, the Professor Iwuchukwu commended the foundation for its humanitarian works in the area of poverty eradication and rural water projects to underprivileged communities.

Speaking to Channels Television, the villagers revealed that water has been a major problem for women and children who sometimes fall into the river when they trek as long as 5 kilometers every morning and night to fetch water in neighbouring villages.

They also said that the Orashi stream has been their only option; which serves as an all purpose river for drinking, washing and many other purpose even in its impurity.

They expressed their gratitute and said that the project is a rare privilege.

However, they called on the government to help with other basic amenities such as good roads and electricity.

How I Run Kwara State Administration – Ahmed

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has said that his administration is focused on consolidating the achievements of his predecessor in the area of infrastructural development and improving the lives of the people in the state.

Speaking in his office during Channels Television programme, Question Time, Mr Ahmed listed the areas his administration is focusing on.

PDP Governors’ Forum Is Reaction To Merger Party – Kwara Governor

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has shed light on the reasons why the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) formed its own version of the Governors’forum.

Speaking in his office during a Channels Television’s programme, Question Time, the governor said as a dynamic organisation, the PDP cannot sit and watch the changes that are taking place in other parties and refuse to react to those changes.

Ajimobi assures displaced traders of allocation as Gov. Amaechi commends Oyo development

The Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi has disclosed that the first set of new markets to be constructed by his administration across the Ibadan metropolis would be ready within the next three months.

The governor, who made the disclosure while receiving the Chairman of Wemabod Estates Limited, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi and other board members who were on a courtesy visit to his office said that the second phase would commence immediately after the completion of the first phase.

The move by the Ajimobi administration is to fullfill the governor’s promise to relocate displaced traders occupying illegal structures across the Ibadan metropolis, as he took a tour of the town to identify with the displaced traders and assure them that more befitting and safer shops would be given to them soon.

Within the Oyo state capital all illegal shops, kiosks and shanties are being demolished to give way for a planned and aesthetically befitting outlook, against the cries of discomfort and frustrations by the traders but Gov. Ajimobi led accompanied by all members of the executive during the tour empathise with the traders and give them hope of continued livelihood.
He promised that every displaced trader would be given new shops at the neighbourhood market nearby within the next few months.

Gov. Ajimobi disclosed that the neighbourhood  markets will be located at both sides of the old toll gate at the Ibadan end of Lagos-Ibadan Express Road; Temidire Market, New Ife Road; Scout Camp, Challenge; Samonda, adjacent to Oyo State Trade Fair Complex and Oke-Bola Area. He added that additional stalls would be fixed at Ibadan South West Local Government Area as well as rehabilitation of the popular Adamasingba Shopping Complex.

In a related development, the board of Wemabod Estates led by its chairman Dr. Ismael Adewusi promised to provide at least 500 low cost housing units to the people of Oyo state. Gov.Ajimobi lauded the initiative and charged Wemabod Estates to join in the construction of the markets on public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement across the entire state.

Ajimobi said the Oyo state government is willing and ready to partner with Wemabod Estates owned by the O’dua conglomerate in the planned construction of new motor parks and development of New GRA at Idi-Ishin area of Ibadan and the restructuring of the existing GRAs to accommodate more houses of different categories.

Meanwhile, the Rivers state governor and chairman Governor’s forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, commended the Oyo state governor for bringing further development to the state and changing the face of the state capital, Ibadan to a clean and comfortable place for the people.

Governor Amaechi stated this during a courtesy visit to Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the Governor’s office, shortly after commiserating with the families of late Justice Kayode Esho at his Ikolaba, Ibadan residence.

The rivers state governor said that contrary to widespread belief that Ibadan was extremely dirty without exception, he was actually impressed with what was on ground in the ancient city in terms of aesthetics and development.

He said further that he is hoping that the economy of the state would be repositioned through the transformation agenda of Governor Ajimobi.

Speaking on the position of the Governors’ Forum on the on-going constitution review, governor Amaechi said the forum believes that the practice of true federalism is germain to the development and political stability in Nigeria.

While reacting to the issue of the creation of state police, governor Amaechi said discussion is on-going with other members on the necessity of state police in reducing the rate of crimes in Nigeria, stating that the impression given by a section of the media that there was disagreement among the governors was not a true representation of the meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday.

Reacting, Governor Ajimobi  described Amaechi as a man with special ability to manage human beings, as attested to in his handling of the governors in Nigeria, stating that  Amaechi had encouraged public office holders to be honest and courageous, even as politicians.

While commending Amaechi for the development he had brought to Rivers State, Ajimobi expressed the willingness to take a cue from the developmental programmes of Rivers, stating that he was willing to benchmark on the best practises that had made Rivers state a model state in infrastructural development.