COVID-19: Oyo Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew, Closes Markets

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (centre).

 

Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, announced stringent measures to halt the coronavirus spread in the state on Friday.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Oyo now has three confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

“As a result of this, I have directed that the following additional measures be put in place: a dusk to dawn curfew (7 PM to 6 AM); no gatherings of more than ten people should be held anywhere in Oyo State,” Makinde said on Friday in a series of tweets.

“From Sunday night, March 29, 2020, all markets will be closed except those selling perishable food items.”

The Governor also suspended inter-state transportation, incoming and outgoing, except for vehicles carrying food items, medical, pharmaceutical and petroleum products.

“This takes effect from Sunday night, March 29, 2020,” Makinde said. “All measures will be reviewed on a weekly basis.”

 

According to the Governor, 84 other suspected cases have been identified in the state as contact tracing and collection of samples commence.

“The state’s diagnostic centre set up in collaboration with the University College Hospital is now ready,” Makinde said. “The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) certification is still pending but the Director-General of NCDC has made a pre-statement about the molecular laboratory in Oyo State.”

He noted that the state’s “index case remains stable and is still under observation in the isolation unit at Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho.”

Seyi Makinde Bans Gathering Of More Than 30 People, Orders Shut Down Of Schools

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has placed a ban on the public gathering of more than 30 people and ordered all public and private schools in the state to be closed until after the Easter celebration.

The governor gave this directive in a public address on Monday following the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in the state.

He also announced the postponement of scheduled events including the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Summit and the Agribusiness Summit in the state.

“I am obligated to place a ban on gatherings such as religious services, weddings, parties, burial ceremonies and so on, gatherings should be limited to 30 persons or less. Nightclubs will have to remain closed. These measures will be reviewed in two weeks.

“I have already directed that all public and private schools in Oyo State should be closed until after Easter. The ongoing workers’ verification exercise has been suspended. The Free Health Mission has also been suspended.

“All returning expatriate staffers in the state are presently in isolation and are being monitored,” he said in the address.

The governor also stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the state socially, economically and spiritually and urged residents to practice proper hygienic, social distancing and stay at home.

Coronavirus: Makinde Apologises For ‘Lapse In Judgment’

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

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday said his government had a ‘lapse in judgment’ after a rally held on Wednesday in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

On Wednesday, Makinde was part of a mega rally held by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ibadan.

This was despite the confirmation, on Wednesday morning, of a coronavirus patient in Ekiti state who had made a stopover in Oyo state.

“Between yesterday and today, a lot has come to light in Nigeria regarding COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus Disease, which has been ravaging the world for the past few months,” Makinde said in a tweet.

 

“I have received your complaints about the rally that was held yesterday, and I feel obligated to state in clear terms that we acted based on the information we had at that time. In retrospect, it should not have happened and I take responsibility for that lapse in judgement.”

The coronavirus is a highly infectious and contagious disease which has afflicted more than 250,000 people worldwide and killed over 10,000.

In total, Nigeria has confirmed 12 cases of the disease.

PHOTOS: Makinde Signs Amotekun Bill Clad In Leopard Skin Outfit

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and other top government officals clad in leopard skin outfit while signing the Amotekun bill in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Tuesday signed the bill establishing the State Security Network Agency, code-named Operation Amotekun into law.

The governor signed the bill in style as he was clad in a leopard skin outfit.

Also clad in the significant leopard skin outfit were the deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin; and other top government officials.

The bill was signed at the executive council chambers in the Governor’s office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

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Makinde during the signing said, “history has been made as Oyo State joins other southwest states to have the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn law in force.”

Leopard is significant in it the logo of the Amotekun security outfit.

The Oyo State House of Assembly had earlier passed the bill establishing the state security network agency.

The Bill was passed last week, after a presentation of the report of the House Committee on Security and Special Duties at the plenary.

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Makinde Signs Amotekun Bill, Reads Riot Act To Kidnappers

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Tuesday signed the bill establishing the State Security Network Agency, code-named Operation Amotekun into law.

The signing took place at the executive council chambers in the Governor’s office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

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Governor Makinde while signing the bill called on prospective investors not to entertain any fear as the state government will not renege on its promise to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

Makinde also warned kidnappers, bandits and other perpetrators of heinous crimes to steer clear of the South Western region or face the music.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde clad in leopard skin outfit while signing the Amotekun bill in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

In a post on his Twitter handle, Governor Makinde said the signing of the bill is historic, he also explained how he signed the bill.

“This morning, I signed the State Security Network Agency (Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn) Bill, 2020 into law. It’s been a long and torturous journey that started as far back as July 2019. Today, history has been made as Oyo State joins other southwest states to have the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn law in force.

“I stated that the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn Corps is not a replacement for our traditional security agencies. It is to complement the efforts of the Federal security agencies who are stretched to the limit as a result of pockets of insecurity all over Nigeria.

“I seized the opportunity to thank our traditional security agencies for the work they are doing despite budgetary, operational and personnel deficits. And restated that the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn Corps will meet some of these gaps which will help secure Oyo State better,” Makinde posted on Twitter.

The lawmakers and other stakeholders who also witnessed the signing noted that the Amotekun Corps is not designed as a replacement for the existing security architecture.

They noted that it will complement other security agencies in the state.

Governor Makinde is signing the bill one week after the State Assembly passed the bill after a public hearing and intense deliberations.

APC Should Get Ready For What PDP Will Do In Lagos – Gov Makinde

 

Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to brace-up for what the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will do in Lagos. 

Makinde who is chairman of the reconciliation committee of the PDP stated this at a meeting reconciling aggrieved party members in Lagos State.

The reconciliation meeting with stakeholders of the party held the Lugard office of Chief Bode George in Lagos.

After the closed-door meeting, Governor Makinde stated that the PDP has fixed its house and are ready to move forward.

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The governor said, “As you can see it was mission accomplished. My father (Bode George) and I were able to resolve some of the issues. You must be frontal on how issues are addressed but we have made some good progress.”

Reacting to a question as regards why the PDP chairman in Lagos State, Mr Deji Doherty, was absent at the meeting, Makinde said: “You see, you don’t jump the gun, it is one step at a time.

“We have come here to meet the stakeholders with my father and leader here to move the party forward. I can give you the assurance that the unity of the PDP in Lagos State is sacrosanct right now.

“We are also putting the APC on notice that they need to prepare for what is coming in Lagos.”

Also speaking after the meeting Chief Bode George said he is impressed with what the leadership of the party is doing to restore unity.

“I am very impressed, we have a solution and we have all agreed,” Chief George told newsmen.

Also present at the meeting were former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Koforola Bucknor-Akerele; former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George, former Second Republic Transport Minister, Chief Ebenezer Babatope and others.

Oyo Govt Suspends 13 Head Teachers, Three Others

File photo of Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde

 

The Oyo State Government on Monday ordered the immediate suspension of 13 primary school Head Teachers, two Assistant Head Teachers and a classroom Teacher for extortion and various misconducts.

The Government issued the directive through the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Nureni Adeniran, following an inspection tour of some schools in the Ibadan metropolis.

Adeniran said apart from the illegal collection of fees from pupils, the suspended teachers were also found culpable of insubordination and refusal to comply with posting instructions.

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“It was during our tour of schools that we discovered the failure of some teachers to comply with posting instructions, while some of them were collecting illegal money from the pupils.

“So far, we have discovered that some saboteurs are among the teachers, who are flouting the State Government’s directives and pulling down our efforts to sanitise the teaching system in the State,” he said.

The SUBEB boss described the acts of the teachers as unruly, adding that the government would set up a standing disciplinary committee to handle such misdemeanours.

“We discovered that the absence of supervision and monitoring of educational activities in the State has given so much room for impunity and indiscipline. We will not allow this to happen henceforth,” he added.

The SUBEB chairman concluded that the suspended teachers would face a disciplinary committee set up by the board and the committee has been mandated to ensure a thorough probe of the allegations and give all concerned fair hearing.

Operation Amotekun: Makinde Visits IGP Over Unrest In Oyo

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, at the force headquarters, Abuja, over the Southwest security outfit – Operation Amotekun, as well as the raging local government crisis in the state.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting on Wednesday, Makinde explained that he deliberated with the police boss on the issues surrounding the Western Nigeria Security Network.

According to him, the IG agreed to hold a meeting with the southwest governors to review the situation.

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“Everybody is aware of the issue with Amotekun, so we deliberated, we had an agreement in principle to have the governors of the South West to meet with him (IG) to review the situation,” he stated.

“We are trying to build a new country where the rule of law is supreme, so everybody should be law-abiding, ensure that they don’t do anything that would create lawlessness.”

When asked about the current status of the security outfit, Makinde said, “It is a work in progress, we are trying to operationalise it and in doing that, all the relevant stakeholders would have to align.”

Why Lagos-Ibadan Rail May Not Be Completed By April – Amaechi

Photo combination of the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi during an interview with Channels Television; and the Minster with Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde inspecting the rail line.

 

Nigerians hoping to enjoy the full services of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line may have to wait a little longer as the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi says there are some setbacks and the completion of the project by April is no longer feasible.

Amaechi disclosed this on Monday during an interview with Channels Television after a routine inspection of the rail line.

He was accompanied by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki during the routine inspection of the project.

According to the Minister, the project has reached 85% stage of completion but the remaining 15% is still huge and the contractors need to extend the progress recorded to the major stations.

“The project is 85% completed but the 15% remaining is actually huge. It is not just an ordinary 15%. Until the progress is extended to Ebute-Metta and Apapa, I will disagree with the 15% they said is remaining.

“From Ebute-Metta to Ibadan, extensive work has been done. They promised that minor stations will be ready but what about the major stations. There are about four major stations which include Ebute Metta, Apapa, Abeokuta, and Ibadan. The remaining eight or nine minor stations, they claim will be ready before April,” Amaechi said.

The Minister also gave updates on the inspection on his Twitter handle. He further expressed doubt about the possibility of completing the project in April as earlier planned.

“Looking at the state of work in Apapa, completing the project in April doesn’t seem feasible, especially the extension of the rail line to the seaport. We’ll, however, continue to work and redouble our efforts to complete the project and meet set targets. #LagosIbadanRail,” he tweeted.

 

The Minister alongside the top officials had earlier kicked off the assessment from Ebute Meta to Apapa where the Federal Government hopes to decongest the traffic at the Lagos Port by extending the rail project to that axis.

They also inspected the Iju station of the 157 kilometers project – from Fagba area of Lagos to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Amaechi, Makinde Inspect Lagos-Ibadan Rail Line

 

The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi and Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday inspected the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.

The Minister and the state governor were accompanied by other top government officials.

The assessment started from Ebute Metta to Apapa where the Federal Government hopes to decongest the traffic at the Lagos Port by extending the rail project to that axis.

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The team also proceeds to Iju station to kickstart the inspection of the 157 kilometres project – which spans from Fagba area in Lagos State to Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

The Minister for Transportation also took to his Twitter handle to share photos from the inspection.

He noted that a large chunk of the rail line is in Oyo State.

I Take Responsibility For Oyo Market Fire, Says Makinde

Governor Makinde addressing victims of Akesan Market during a visit to the site of the fire incident on Wednesday, January 7, 2020.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says he takes responsibility for the fire incident that razed the Akesan market in Oyo State last week Sunday.

He said this on Wednesday after visiting the site of the incident alongside his cabinet members.

Makinde also assured that the State Government would rebuild the market and provide support to all victims of the fire incident.

He added that rather than engage in buck-passing over the failure of the past administration to provide necessary fire-fighting tools, he would take responsibility for the failure of the system.

“I must, at this point, express my deep sadness over the loss of lives and property because of the various fire outbreaks in Oyo State. This is deeply regretted. Of course, things happen that signal the failure in our system.

“I swore an oath to protect the lives and property of everyone living within the borders of this State, so I take full responsibility for this failure and promise that I will make things right,” the governor said.

Makinde noted that an investigative panel had already been set up to look into both the remote and immediate causes of the inferno.

According to him, the state government has commenced the process of acquiring an additional 10 fire-fighting trucks to boost fire-fighting services in the State. The governor also urged residents to be safety-conscious with regards to the prevention of fire outbreaks considering the current weather condition.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi while receiving the governor at his palace said he believed Governor Makinde would fulfil his promise to rebuild the market.

The monarch, who went into a brief history of the market said to have been in existence for 400 years.

He called on the Government to consider returning the market to the Palace for control and management as it was in the past, for effective management.

No Worker In Oyo State Will Earn Below N30,000 Minimum Wage – Makinde

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says no staff in the State’s workforce would earn below the N30,000 national minimum wage.

Makinde said implementation of the minimum wage would commence as soon as the Committee set up by his government to look into the modalities for the implementation of the wage completes its assignment.

The Governor who gave this assurance on Wednesday during the 2020 inter-religious service. He noted that he was looking forward to a decision that would be agreeable to the civil servants as well as affordable and sustainable for the State government.

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“On the new minimum wage, the committee has been set up, they are working and moving towards alignment but I promise you that this administration and the workers of Oyo State are on the same page on this ongoing negotiation.

“When it is concluded, I give you the assurance that we shall stand side-by-side to announce to the whole world what we have agreed.

“Whatever we will agree upon is going to be in the interest of the workers and our state. First, our collective decision will be agreeable to everybody. Second, it will be affordable. Third, it will be sustainable.

“Before this administration came into place on May 29, the government was paying percentages as subvention to the higher institutions. Just a month before the previous administration left, they moved it to 100 percent and we have been paying it since we came in. I know that they do have an agreement in some states and will still breach the agreement. But, here, once we sign that agreement, we will pay it.

“We won’t pay in percentages and I want to also state categorically that no worker in Oyo State will earn below the national minimum wage,” Makinde said.

The service was attended by the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, the Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Amidat Ololade Agboola, other cabinet members and civil servants.

The HoS in her address commended Governor Makinde for giving the approval for the reinstatement of some officers in the civil/public service who were unjustly dismissed by the last administration among other approved welfare packages.

In his speech, Governor Makinde maintained that though the administration was less than a year in office, it has causes to be thankful to God, because it has continued to enjoy tremendous goodwill.

Governor Makinde also commiserated with victims of fire incidents across the State. He warned civil servants and to work towards preventing fire disasters by setting smart goals and planning adequately in the New Year.