Kwara Government Earmarks 200 Million Naira For Employment Programmes

kwara_emblemThe Kwara State Government has earmarked the sum of 200 million Naira to carry out policy programmes in the areas of youths’ employment and empowerment, including borehole drilling, classroom renovation, as well as rural electrification on monthly basis.

It also stressed that no fewer than 5,400 youths would be engaged in the first phase of the QuickWin intervention aimed at reducing unemployment, adding value to public service, providing social safety nets for youths and other less privileged, among others.

The Secretary to the State Government, Isiaka Gold, stated this in Ilorin while speaking with journalists. He noted that areas to be covered include entrepreneurial scheme, clean and green, bridge empowerment, environmental corps, traffic management and advertisement agency.

Isiaka Gold further added that, a total of 1,872 youths would be engaged in the first phase of the scheme, which would be further divided into graduates (NCE and above) and non-graduates (SSCE and below) who will be given entrepreneurial training for two weeks at the Kwara State University, KWASU, and Kwara State Polytechnic, followed by another two weeks of internship with renowned entrepreneurs.

Each beneficiary would receive 5,000 Naira monthly for a period not exceeding 12 months, depending on the nature and duration of the trainers. Master trainers would also receive the sum of 5,000 Naira monthly per trainee for the duration of the training.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Demola Baanu, assured interested youths who are not engaged in the first phase of the programme that an additional 200 youths would be engaged monthly until the whole 8,200 are fully absorbed. He emphasized that financial provision had been made for the sustenance of the programmes.

It is hoped that the provision of the employment would drastically reduce the unemployment rate in Kwara State to the barest minimum.

Fashola Restates Commitment To Ensuring Food Security

The Lagos State Government has promised to continue seeking ways of ensuring food security and reducing unemployment in the state.

Governor Babatunde Fashola revealed this at the graduation ceremony of 285 youths from the state Agriculture Youth Empowerment Scheme, AGRIC-YES in Epe.

Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said that the progress and achievements recorded by the AGRIC-Yes programme in such a short time showed that what is needed to boost food production in the country was “a clear idea, a clear plan and unflinching commitment to implement those plans”.

In his words, “If we do not produce food, the factories will shut down, if we do not produce food and go back to the land, there will be no rubber to make tyres to even drive those luxury cars. That was the simple idea behind the AGRIC-YES, to go back to the land, to create dignity and honour with the land so that young people will have a new focus and a new beginning”.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, had charged the graduands to use the skills which they have acquired to be the change they want to see in the world.

The graduates who are now full-fledged agropreneurs, six months after undergoing an intensive training on different aspects of agriculture, also expressed joy at the opportunity given to them by the state government.

In her remarks on behalf of other graduands, one of the best graduating students, Miss Oloko Olanrewaju, expressed gratitude to the governor for the privilege given to them, pointing out that they have been well trained during the course and promising to put their best to achieve food security in the country.

Also present at the ceremony were Secretary to the State Government, Oluranti Olugbile, Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye, Chairman House Committee on Information, Segun Olulade, members of the State House of Assembly, Chairmen of Local Governments, parents and guardians as well as relations of graduands and other stakeholders.

After the graduation ceremony, Governor Babatunde Fashola took time out to commission several projects in the farm settlement: 32 tonnes capacity quality cassava flour factory, 50,000 capacity automated 5-unit broiler houses, ram, cattle ranch and feed mill including 2.34km network of road within the institute and a 200 units two bedroom apartment for the farmers

Gov. Amosun Reshuffles Cabinet

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun on Monday November 4 announced a minor cabinet reshuffle.

The exercise which involves 4 Commissioners and 4 Special Advisers to the Governor is to take immediate effect.

In a press statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, those affected include Dr. Lanre Tejuoso who before now was the Commissioner for Environment but has been moved to the Ministry of Youths and Sports.

Mr. Gbenga Otenuga who formerly was the Commissioner for Youths and Sports has now been moved to the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning.

Also affected are the Commissioners for Forestry, Engr. Ayo Olubori who is now to oversee the Ministry of Environment, while Mr. Adebayo Fari of the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning now oversees affairs at the Ministry of Forestry.

The affected Special Advisers are the Special Adviser to the Governor on Social Development, Mr. Tunde Sanusi who now moves to the Ministry of Environment; Mrs. Lanre Balogun, hitherto of the Ministry of Environment moves to the Office of Secretary to the State Government.

Others are Mrs. Tinu Shopeju of the Ministry of Agriculture who moves to Commerce and Industry, and Mr. Femi Ogunsola of Commerce and Industry who now moves to Urban and Physical Planning.

Ogun Signs MoU With Chinese Company To Build Monorail

The Ogun State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on light rail mass transit with the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) that will link major cities in the state as well as boost its economy.

While signing the MoU in his Oke-Mosan Office in Abeokuta, the state Governor; Mr Ibikunle Amosun said this became necessary in order to reposition the state for economic development and prosperity.

The Governor stated that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state since the state population is projected to rise significantly over the next couple of years.

While signing the MOU in his office, the state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, noted that there could be no development without infrastructure.

“We have been doing our best on roads but it is high time we paid attention to rail as well. We are starting the mass transit within Abeokuta metropolis. This will be extended to all our major towns including the Ado-Odo/Ota axis up to the areas bordering Lagos,” he said.

Amosun noted that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state in anticipation of significant rise in population over the next couple of years.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Company, Mr. Cao Bao Gang, lauded the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration for its vision, pointing out that “the project on completion will enhance the transportation system and contribute to the economic development of the Gateway State.’’

He assured the governor that quality would be the firm’s watchword in the implementation of the contract.

“The project will provide jobs for residents and help the unskilled ones to gain adequate knowledge through training and involvement in the whole process.”

The signing of the MOU was witnessed by government officials including the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu.

Amosun Suspends Executives Of Ijebu East LGA

The Governor of Ogun State, Mr Ibikunle Amosun has suspended all officials of the executive and legislative arms of Ijebu East Local Government Council for a period of 90 days.

This was announced on Monday in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the state government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, which stated that the governor has “Approved the suspension of the Executive and Legislative arms of the Ijebu East Local Government Council for a period of 90 days in the first instance.”

According to the statement, the Head of the Local Government Administration (HOLGA) will administer the Council pending further directives and the outcome of the panel of inquiry into the affairs of the local government as ordered by the Governor.

The four man panel of inquiry which has Chief Wole Adesiji (Chairman), Mrs Ayoola Afolabi (member), Mr Bayo Adeyemi (member) and Barrister James Kolawole Omotosho of the Ministry of Justice as Secretary.

The committee is expected to submit its report within 14 days.

“The suspended Chairman, his deputy, all Councillors and political appointees have however been directed to stay away from the Council premises and affairs of Government during the period of suspension”, the statements added.

The governor is authorized to make such suspension due to “his powers under Sections 39 and 43 of the Ogun State Local Government Law.”



Ajimobi sacks 3 Commissioners for inefficiency

The Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi on Monday dismissed three Commissioners from his cabinet for inefficiency and ineffectiveness in service delivery.

The sacked commissioners are Bosun Oladele, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Kazeem Adedeji, the Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Cooperatives and Yinnus Akintunde, the Commissioner for Works and Transport.

The Secretary to the state government, Akin Olajide, who announced the dismissal, explained that the affected Commissioners were sacked for “inefficiency and ineffectiveness in service delivery.”

Mr Ajimobi also made a cabinet reshuffle by swapping a number of commissioners which included the Commissioners for Land, Agriculture and Local government.

Others are the Commissioner for Environment and Habitat and that for Applied Science and Technology.

Former Special Adviser on Education matters, Taiwo Otegbeye, is to take over as the Commissioner for Information and orientation after obtaining clearance from the state House of Assembly.