Oyo Govt Probes Allegation Of High-Handedness Against Amotekun Corps

A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Government says it is probing the alleged high-handedness of some members of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde disclosed this on Friday via Twitter, noting that his administration will not sit back and watch security operatives harass members of the public.

While promising to address the issue, Makinde reiterated his government’s commitment to protecting the lives and properties of the people of the state.

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“Following the recent events in Tapa, Ibarapa North Local Government Area, it becomes imperative that I once again reassure the good people of Oyo State that our administration is doing everything in its power to address security issues in our state,” he said.

“One of the strategies we are using to check insecurity in the state is the recently introduced Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun). I am fully aware of the alleged high-handedness by some members of the corps. We are investigating these issues to address them promptly.”

“The welfare and security of the good people of Oyo State remain our top priority. We will not sit back and watch any harassment or intimidation of members of the public or our security officers.

“Therefore, I urge the good people of Oyo State to please remain calm and allow members of the corps to perform their legally authorised duties for our people’s well-being. Let me assure you that if any corps members are abusing their office, they will be dealt with accordingly.”

Makinde Donates N2m To Launch Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem

File photo of the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde in commemoration of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day launched an emblem of appeal in memory of the fallen and departed heroes with the sum of N2 million.

The governor in his remarks at the event held in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Wednesday drummed up the need for Nigerians to continue to cater to the needs of soldiers who were maimed in the line of duty to the country, the children, widows and other dependents of fallen heroes.

Represented by his deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, the governor said the day was meant to honour fallen heroes and sensitize the public on the need to cater to the welfare of veterans who are still alive as well as families of the fallen heroes/heroines.

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“I am highly delighted to welcome everyone to the formal launch of the Emblem Appeal Week, which unfolds the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Oyo State.

Oyo State deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan at the event.

 

“It is pertinent to note that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration emerged out of the need to honour our fallen heroes who laid down their lives in service to humanity during the First and Second World Wars, the Nigeria Civil War, Peace Support and Internal Security Operations.

“The occasion is also designed to honour and sensitize the public on the need to attend to the welfare of veterans who are still alive as well as families of the fallen heroes/heroines. From history, indeed, they have done wonderfully well and some nuggets of gold they left behind would surely lead our nation to a better future,” the governor said.

The governor, while announcing the donation of the sum of N2 million to launch 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem, appealed to corporate organisations, industrialists, commercial firms, philanthropists and all individuals to donate generously to the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week Fund.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I hereby launch the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and other activities with a sum of N2 Million to the glory of God and enablement of a better life for our ex-servicemen, veterans and dependents of those who paid the supreme price for the unity and progress of our nation,” he said.

Governor Makinde charged the members of the Nigerian Legion to take advantage of the various schemes of the Federal, State and Local Governments, Non-Governmental Organisation as well as interventions from philanthropists to make lives better for them.

Churches In Oyo To Hold Crossover Service Under Strict COVID-19 Protocols

File photo of the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has approved the conduct of the crossover service by churches in the state.

Makinde, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, however, warned worship centres to hold their services in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

“The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has approved the suspension of the 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew earlier imposed on states by the Federal Government, saying that officials of the State’s Task Force on Covid-19 will ensure strict compliance to the guidelines and advisories during the Yuletide and after,” the statement partly read.

“The governor, has, therefore, directed that religious centres be allowed to hold crossover worship services only in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.”

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Makinde gave the directives in a brief endorsed by the chairman of the Technical Team of the COVID-19 Task Force, Professor Temitope Alonge, which reviewed the earlier pronouncement of the Technical Team and lifted the curfew.

However, other advisories earlier released by the Task Force, including the directive of 50 per cent occupancy for worship and event centres, ban of street carnivals and others, remain in effect.

The Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 had, in a communique released on Tuesday,  earlier warned individuals, families and corporate organisations in the state to adhere to protocols such as the use of face masks in public places, social distancing and regular washing of hands.

The Task Force had equally reminded event centres on the existing advisory on 50 per cent capacity occupancy for events, while also enforcing the proper use of face masks and handing washing requirements.

It admonished residents of the state, including private healthcare providers and individuals feeling unwell, to access the available testing centres across the 33 local government areas of the state.

Makinde Inaugurates Anti-Corruption Agency In Oyo State

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde

 

The Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has inaugurated the state’s anti-corruption commission with a strong warning and mandate for zero tolerance for corrupt practices.

The board is made up of seven members led by the Chairman, Justice Eni Esan, a retired judge and former President of Oyo State Customary Court of Appeal while the secretary of the board is Mr Ibrahim Oyemonla Tijani, the Director, Ministry of Justice.

The governor while inaugurating the board of the commission in Ibadan, the state capital said that the commission will have no political bias.

The governor warned against all forms of corrupt practices, noting that the establishment of the agency was to sanitise the public/civil service and ensure that everyone carries out their responsibilities without corruption.

It will be recalled that the bill for the establishment of the agency was forwarded to the House of Assembly shortly after Makinde assumed office in 2019.

The governor said: “The journey to this inauguration formally started about a year ago with the signing of the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Law 2019. The law is primarily directed at sanitising the public/civil service and ensuring that both public and civil servants at both the state and local government levels carry out their responsibilities without institutionalised corruption.

“With the inauguration of the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency, OYACA, we are sending out a clear message here in Oyo State. We have zero-tolerance for corruption. So, any person, elected, employed or engaged in any capacity in the public or civil service in Oyo State, who accepts or promises to accept money, fees, donations, loans, gifts, or any other reward for rendering a service to members of the public will be investigated and be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“It will no longer be business as usual. Public/civil servants are called to serve, not to steal. And I trust that the members of OYACA will do all within their powers to ensure that all matters brought to their attention are judiciously handled. There are to be no sacred cows. Anyone who runs afoul of this law will be prosecuted swiftly,” he said.

Governor Makinde implored residents of the state to take advantage of the anti-corruption agency to duly report any civil or public officer demanding a bribe or any form of gratification to render services.

He described members of the agency as people with high integrity and pedigree and urged them to continue to maintain their standard of integrity, saying: “I ask that members of this agency continue to maintain the track records for which you were picked individually.

Makinde Signs ₦268bn Budget Into Law For 2021

A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has signed into law the 2021 budget of ₦268bn, noting that it will consolidate his administration’s infrastructure initiatives.

Speaking on Monday during the signing of the document at the Government House in Ibadan, Makinde said that the real implementation of the budget would commence in earnest, as the state targets at least 70 per cent execution.

“Today, we are signing into law our Budget of Continued Consolidation. This completes the first phase of the process for the 2021 fiscal year budgeting. After this signing, the real work of implementation begins,” he said.

“First, we got the good people of Oyo State involved in the budgeting process through the town hall meetings, then we prepared the budget and passed it on-to the state’s House of Assembly for approval.

While commending members of the State House of Assembly for approving the 2021 budget in a timely manner, the governor said the synergy between all the arms of government in the state has made the governance process easier for everyone.

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He described as untrue the rumours that the lawmakers padded the budget and that the executive rejected it and forced a revision.

Speaking further, Governor Makinde said the 2020 budget fell short of the 70 per cent target but recorded a performance that was a little above average at 50.32 per cent due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic meltdown occasioned by the fall in oil prices.

He pledged that the state government would “work harder and smarter next year to ensure that we meet our performance target of at least 70 per cent.”

“We met a lot of our goals because we used the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA), and the Contractor’s Project Financing Scheme to finance many projects.

“We also made use of targeted loans for project financing. Of course, the reward for hard work is more work. So, for the 2021 fiscal year, we will continue to be innovative and creative in our approach to financing,” he added.

Nigeria Needs Security, Restructuring Not Necessarily Yoruba Presidency — Makinde

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has said Nigeria needs adequate security and restructuring of the country much more than the ethnicity of the person who occupies the presidency.

The governor maintained that the need to restructure the country has become more imperative in the face of security challenges and only time will tell on which one is more desirable for Nigeria between a restructured Nigeria and a Yoruba presidency.

Makinde said this on Tuesday while handing over 33 operational vehicles and 396 motorcycles to the Oyo State Security Network, codenamed Amotekun Corps, for its take-off.

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“I have heard some of our political leaders jostling around and saying they want to become the president of Nigeria in 2023. I think what we need at this stage is to secure our people and restructure Nigeria.

“It does not matter who is the president in Abuja. In a restructured Nigeria, every corner of the country will feel the impact of government. That is what we need.

“May God protect those running around for presidency till 2022. By that time, we will meet and, by then, we will get to know whether it is restructured Nigeria or Yoruba presidency that we really need,” Makinde said.

The governor stressed that the time has come for Nigeria to secure its people and restructure its system to checkmate the growing insecurity in the country.

He maintained that if restructured, every corner of Nigeria will be impacted positively, stating that no matter who is president in Abuja, the system would run effectively in a way that will be beneficial to all and sundry.

He also expressed satisfaction with the establishment of the Amotekun Corps, saying the corps will play a major role in ensuring security.

Makinde Commiserates With Soun Of Ogbomoso Over Son’s Death

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

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has commiserated with the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, over the death of his son, Pastor Olumide Oyewumi.

The governor’s condolence message was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa.

Makinde described the deceased as a humble and kind-hearted individual, praying that God would grant everyone the fortitude to bear the loss of the shining star that fell in his prime.

“Our hearts and prayers are with our father, the Soun of Ogbomosoland and his family on the death of Pastor Olumide Oyewumi,” the governor was quoted as saying.

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“Sad events like this point us as mortals to the finality and absoluteness of God’s decision over our lives. We cannot question whatever God decides, but the death of our brother, a shining star and amiable individual with bright ideas and future leaves us with heavy hearts.

“I urge the family to take heart and take solace in God who giveth and taketh, while also calling on our people to remember our Baba, the Soun of Ogbomosoland and the families Pastor Olumide left behind in their prayers.”

The governor, who said it is not possible for mortals to question God, added that the demise of Oyewumi at the age of 45 has left him with a heavy heart.

Oyewunmi until his death was a Chief Accountant at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

Oyo Set To Deploy Amotekun Troops

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, attended a passing-out ceremony for Amotekun corp members on November 18, 2020.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, attended a passing-out ceremony for Amotekun corp members on November 18, 2020.

 

Oyo State Governor on Wednesday said he was ready to deploy Amotekun corp members to all the state’s 351 wards.

He said this while attending the passing-out ceremony of the Amotekun Corps in Oyo Town.

Amotekun is a regional security outfit conceived by South-West states.

The outfit is expected to complement federal policing as the country continues to mull over the mechanics of a policing system under the authority of state governments.

“This afternoon, we held the passing-out ceremony of the Àmòtékún Corps in Oyo Town,” Makinde said. “It’s been a long journey to get to this point from July 2019, when the first meeting was held by all six southwest governors to set up a regional security outfit.

Men display guns at an Amotekun passing-out ceremony in Oyo State on November 18, 2020.
Men display guns at an Amotekun passing-out ceremony in Oyo State on November 18, 2020.

 

“The Àmòtékún Corps will collaborate with federal security agencies to secure our state. Members of the corps will be drafted to all the 351 wards in Oyo State. They will be answerable to me and so, I will be responsible for their actions.”

Oyo State Govt Orders Employment of 5,000 Youths, Earmarks N500m For MSMEs

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

 

The Oyo State government has ordered the employment of 5,000 youths in the state into various government agencies.

The state governor, Seyi Makinde made this announcement on Monday during a stakeholder meeting with traditional rulers, security chiefs, religious leaders, and chairmen of the 68 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas.

He said the 5,000 youths will be employed across the state Ministries, Departments, and Agencies including OSRMA and OYOWMA.

“I have directed the employment of 5,000 young persons across all government agencies over the next few months.

“We have been talking to Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OSRMA), Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA), before now. We have been talking to AMOTEKUN. We have to, immediately, wrap some of those recruitments up and put these people off the street. The criteria for employment and the dates for assessment will be announced by the agency authorities,” Makinde said at the meeting.

The sum of N1billion has also been earmarked by the state government as compensation for victims of police brutality and injustice and a Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) scheme, for youths.

The package includes an initial deposit of N500 million for MSMEs and another N500 million as compensation to victims of police brutality and injustice.

“Let me also state that we have set up an initial Five Hundred Million Naira (N500million) Compensation Fund for victims of injustice. So, I encourage everyone who has suffered any form of injustice in the past or as a result of the #EndSARS protests, to please take advantage of the platforms we have provided to log their cases. We have an email service and a direct reporting portal on the Oyo State Government website. A judicial panel for Oyo State will be inaugurated in the next one week to look into cases of injustice.

“We have taken the immediate actions to address some of the issues raised by the youths during the protest: I have directed that a 500 Million Naira MSME fund be set up. This fund will be disbursed to youths who have bright entrepreneurial ideas that will provide further employment and improve the economic landscape in Oyo State,” Makinde added.

Stakeholders at the meeting with the governor include the Olubadan of Ibadanland,  Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso1; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, and other traditional rulers across the state; the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Kwara and Delta States, Alhaji Alhaji Dawud Makanjuola; the State’s Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle Joshua Akinyemi; the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Leye Oyebade,  and Service Commanders in the State.

 

NigeriaAt60: Let’s Continue To Give Democracy A Chance – Makinde

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has called on Nigerians to continue to give democracy a chance even as the state celebrates the nation’s 60th Independence anniversary.

The governor said this on Thursday after leading a walk organised by the state in celebration of Nigeria’s Independence.

Themed “Independence Day Walk: A Focus on the Future,” Makinde said it is important for Nigerians to give democracy a chance and focus on the future.

“As we celebrate #NigeriaAt60, let us continue to give democracy a chance. May we never think of allowing the affliction of military rule to rise again. May we never forget that even the worst democratic government is better than the best dictatorship.

“We choose to focus on the future because if a person’s past is not filled with happy memories, he has the choice to create happier moments in the future,” the governor tweeted on his official Twitter handle.

 

The governor added that despite the challenges confronting the country it has got some things right in its 60 years of existence.

Makinde while addressing members of his cabinet at the Government House at the Arcade in Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State capital said Nigerians should focus on the things the country has done right while exerting efforts to right the wrongs.

He said the notion that nothing is good about Nigeria should be disregarded to play up the latent strength to make Nigeria stronger.

Makinde, Tambuwal Show Up As PDP Kicks Off Governorship Campaign In Ondo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde led other high-powered party representatives to kick-start the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship election in Ondo state on Saturday.

The PDP’s candidate for the election, scheduled to hold on October 10, is Eyitayo Jegede.

Supporters thronged out in their numbers to the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure where the rally was held.

The Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, was also present at the rally to stand in solidarity with Jegede, as well as PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, who presented the party’s flag to Jegede.

Other dignitaries present at the PDP flag-off included the Senator representing Ekiti South, Abiodun Olujimi, and the PDP State Chairman, Fatai Adams.

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Representing Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the flag off was Segun Sowunmi.

“They (APC) said you should vote them because they want Presidency to come to Yoruba land,” Makinde said during his speech, which was, as much of the rally, punctuated by short bursts of political music.

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, hands over the party's flag to the party's candidate for the Ondo 2020 governorship election on September 12, 2020.
PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, hands over the party’s flag to the party’s candidate for the Ondo 2020 governorship election on September 12, 2020.

“This election is not about the presidency to Yoruba land. This election is about delivering Eyitayo Jegede and putting Ondo state as part of the states that will lead the charge to restructure Nigeria.”

A cross-section of the crowd at the PDP flag-off rally in Akure for the Ondo governorship election on September 12, 2020.
A cross-section of the crowd at the PDP flag-off rally in Akure for the Ondo governorship election on September 12, 2020.

 

Makinde, who is also the party’s Campaign Council chairman for the election, drew a comparison between his election in Oyo and the impending Ondo version.

Makinde won the Oyo elections in 2019 despite contesting under the PDP, which didn’t hold political sway in the state at the time, or at the federal level.

“We have people, and we have God,” he said. “In Ondo State, you have God and you have people. It happened in Oyo state, it will happen here.”

In his remarks, Tambuwal said the APC, the current ruling party in Ondo, was in disarray up to the national. “APC is not a choice for Ondo state,” he said.

Jegede will battle with incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the APC and others in the October 10 election.

Makinde To Adesina: You Are A Pride To Nigeria, Yoruba Race

President of the African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina is being re-elected for another five-year term.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has congratulated the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, following his re-election for another five-year term.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, Governor Makinde said that the victory was well-deserved adding that the ‘world class technocrat’, remains a pride to Nigeria and the Yoruba race.

To Makinde, Adesina has raised the standards and brought about immense growth in the multilateral development finance institution, in the last five years of his first tenure.

The governor said he was not surprised that Adesina was re-elected to lead the bank for another term.

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While describing his leadership as insightful, Makinde said Adesina “could not have gone unnoticed by stakeholders and member-countries.”

“The victory is well-deserved, and it did not come to me as a surprise, because Dr. Adesina’s astute and visionary leadership at the bank, in the last five years, have been so convincing that member-countries cannot ignore them,” the governor was quoted as saying.

“As a technocrat and development enthusiast, Dr. Adesina deployed his wealth of experience towards raising standards across boards in the bank and these have translated into immense growth for the bank and development for member-countries.

“This victory, I am convinced, is a platform for Dr. Adesina and the AfDB to achieve more positive results and meet set targets. I wish him well in his endeavours.”