The Primary Job Of Government Is The Development And Welfare Of The Majority – APC

By Nofisat Adeoye

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned mischievous politicians especially those in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop deceiving Osun workers by spreading the false idea that the primary obligation of government is to pay workers’ salaries.

“This dubious idea is not in the interest of government workers themselves, because it is capable of inciting the majority of the people against the workers and creating chaos in the society,” the APC warned.

The assertions were contained in a statement signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi.

According to the party, “Government has enormous responsibilities to the entire population of Osun and all of these responsibilities are as important as paying salaries to workers.

“The difference between a failed and irresponsible government and a successful and responsible one is the ability to manage available or limited resources to satisfy the needs of the greatest possible number of the people from who the government derives its authority and legitimacy to govern”’ the APC argued.

The party stated that, “it has become necessary to put a stop to the ungodly falsehood being circulated by few impressionable people who the PDP has deceived into believing the senseless idea that government exist only to pay workers’ salaries. Nothing could be farther from the truth”, the APC said.

The APC praised government workers’ perseverance and urged them to understand the important position they occupy within the establishment.

According to the release “Civil servants are managers of the permanent infrastructure of government while politicians are the variable executive and legislative aspects that are continually elected by the masses of the people to represent and protect their interests in government.

“Government workers are mostly professionals, trained to keep the engine of government running. And together with the politicians, they are constitutionally responsible for creating, providing and maintaining the economic, social and environmental infrastructure to enable continuous activities of the masses that promote justice, peace and prosperity in society.

“Therefore, any political party like the PDP, that attempts to distract or misdirect the civil servants from this fundamental responsibility is an enemy of the people and the state, such political party must be rejected and prevented from participating in governance in the State of Osun.”

The APC, however, drew attention of government workers to the fact that Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who some misguided politicians were scandalizing all over the place, actually always praised and acknowledged the workers’ importance and valued their contributions to the success of his government.

While the party shared the opinion of the governor about workers in the state, it also urged its leadership echelon to restrain the handful of people in its rank and file from their overt partisan activities of turning themselves into megaphones for PDP’s evil propaganda against the Governor and the APC government.

The party added that, “No political group or state government in the history of Osun has paid as much money to workers as the Aregbesola-led APC government has done in the last seven years.

“The governor and his government therefore deserve to be acknowledged, not scandalized as some negative people are openly doing in public places.

“They did it with awful consequences in 2003. It certainly won’t happen again in 2018 because Osun has changed beyond the imagination of the PDP and its cohort of hate-filled people”.

Buhari Sends 9 Names Of INEC RECs For Senate Confirmation

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent nine names to the senate for screening and confirmation as state Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday read Mr President at the plenary.

The letter reads, “In accordance of the Provisions of section 154 (1) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. I write to forward here with the names of 9 of resident electoral commissioners appointed for the INEC for the consideration of the senate of the federal republic of Nigeria.

“The curriculum vitae of the nominees are attached here with while thanking you immensely in anticipation of the early consideration and confirmation of the above appointment by the senate.”

The nominees are; Monday Tom, Akwa-Ibom; Baba Yusuf, Borno; Eric Olawale, Osun; Lukman Ajidaba, Kwara; and Segun Agbaje, Ekiti.

Others are; Cyril Omoruyi, Edo; Yahaya Bello, Nasarawa; Emmanuel Alex, Rivers; and Mohammed Ibrahim, Gombe.

The Senate had on November 23 rejected the nominee of Zamfara State, Ahmad Mahmud, as a Resident Electoral Commissioner.

PHOTONEWS: Nigerian Governors Meet In Abuja

The 36 state governors under the aegis of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Tuesday gathered in Abuja to discuss issues of mutual interest.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun was accompanied by the state House of Assembly Speaker, Rt Hon. Najeem Salaam and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Dr Ajibola Basiru to the meeting.

Pictures taken by the official photographer of the Osun governor, Dolapo;

Court Sentences Vigilante Men To 21 Years Imprisonment Over Murder

By Nofisat Adeoye

A High Court Sitting in Ilesa, State of Osun presided over by Justice Isiaka Adeleke, has convicted and sentenced two men to 21 years imprisonment without an option of fine over murder.

The convicts included Olabisi Olajuwon 42 and Kayode Opeolu 55.

The duo were arraigned before the High Court on three count charge of conspiracy, attempted murder and murder which are contrary to sections 324, 320 and 319 of the Criminal Code 34, volume II, Laws of Osun of Nigeria.

The prosecution team from the State Ministry of Justice led by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Ajibola Basiru appeared along with Chief State Counsel Rachel Ojimi (Mrs).

Dr. Ajibola had earlier told the court that the convicts committed the crime on 24th of September, 2006. The convicts claimed to be Vigilantes and stopped the motorcycle carrying one Omotayo Ogunlaja, Bashiru Saheed and Oluwole Segun who were all students of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, on their way to Ada.

The duo accused Omotayo Ogunlaja as one of the cultists terrorising the community and the three students were driven in a van to a bush along Eripa, Otan-Ayegbaju road where their hands were tied behind them. Later, each of the students were shot. Omotayo pretended to be dead and he was pushed into a nearby ditch.

The other two were shot dead and one of them was beheaded. The assailants then swore to an oath not to reveal the secret and if caught not to mention anyone’s name.

In the early hours of 25th, September 2006, Omotayo crawled out of the dicth and was assisted to the hospital where he volunteered his statement to the Police.

His statement led to the arrest of the convicts who also volunteered their confessional statements.

Prosecuting counsels has called five (5) witnesses to testify in the Court during the trial.

In the course of trial, Wemimo Adewale, the first accused person died and his name was struck out from the charge.

Counsel to the Convicts, Julius Akhigbe Esquire, plead to court to temper judgement with mercy because his Clients have regretted their actions.

In his judgement, Justice Adeleke stated that the prosecution counsel has proof the beyond reasonable doubt and from evidence before the Court, he is satisfied and hereby sentenced each of the convicts to 21 imprisonment beginning from 20th December, 2017.

Aregbesola Preaches Proper Maintenance Of Public Infrastructure, Says It’s The Only Way Public Utilities Could Last Longer

Lack of follow-up maintenance has been identified as the factor militating against the constant functioning of public infrastructural facilities in the country.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated this in Iwo at the opening of a Seminar/Training for Rural Roads Maintenance Personnel drawn from rural areas where roads had been constructed by the Osun Rural Access and Mobility Projects (O’RAMP) in collaboration with the World Bank and French Development Agency (AFD) for proper maintenance for sustainability.

Representing the Governor at the flag off ceremony, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Hon Babatunde Ibirogba said that, it is high time to imbibe good maintenance culture as the projects belongs to the benefiting communities.

Governor Aregbesola said it was the decision of the present administration to put in place a Maintenance Team for all its facilities with a view to reducing the cost of governance.

He commended Osun RAMP management for doing an excellent job at the rural areas of the State as well as EZ37, the organizer of the Training Programs on Rural Roads Maintenance.

Earlier in his speech, the Project Coordinator of Osun RAMP, Engr Adelere Oriolowo explained that, the RAMP Maintenance Teams in various zones are to ensure durability of its facilities.

He said that, the Seminar was put in place to educate the participants on basic road maintenance since they were not professionals.

The team members, according to Engineer Oriolowo, will inform the RAMP office if they encounter any problem beyond their scope adding that, similar seminars will be organized for RAMP Road Maintenance in other zones subsequently.

Yelutide: FRSC Deploys 36,000 Regular, Special Marshals

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed deployment of 36,000 regular and special marshals nationwide for the end-of-year special patrols.

According to the FRSC Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, 795 patrol cars, Boboye also ordered deployment of 204 motorcycles, 106 ambulances and 21 tow trucks for the exercise.

Kareem said that the patrol code-named `Operation Zero Tolerance’ had the theme, “Right to Life on the Highway, Not Negotiable’’.

He said that the patrols would begin on Wednesday and end on Jan. 15, 2018.

Kazeem said that the operation was aimed at easing traffic, reducing accidents and preventing accident-related deaths across the country.

He said that the operational strategies would include establishment of 13 help areas and nine camps on accident-prone corridors to cater for accident victims.

“Other strategies include quick response to distress calls, 24-hour visibility on critical corridors, uninterrupted motorised patrol, day-time route lining, traffic control and deployment of 201 mobile courts.

He said that the corps would also activate high alert on internal and external medical facilities for intervention in the event of road accidents.

Kazeem added that the corps would undertake aerial surveillance and have purposeful synergy with other security agencies.

According to him, the corps marshal has ordered strict enforcement of traffic laws with focus on speeding, use of phone while driving and overloading, among other forms of dangerous driving.

“Management staff, zonal commanding officers, zonal heads of operations and some other senior officers of the corps have been massively deployed to monitor the exercise on critical corridors.

“Commanding officers have been directed to closely collaborate with sister security agencies to ensure safe and secure end-of-year patrols.

“Their involvement is to provide security support and check activities of recalcitrant offenders, dissidents and other anti-FRSC elements,’’ he said.

Kazeem added that the FRSC would deploy a special monitoring team to watch over corridors and ensure strict compliance with the directives.

According to Kazeem, the special monitoring team would provide first-hand information to the corps marshal on developments as regards the patrols.

Kazeem urged road users to make use of FRSC’s helpline (122) in the event of accidents and other emergencies.

JUST IN: EFCC Arrests Innocent Chukwuma, Innoson Motors Chairman

The chairman of the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), Chief Innocent Chukwuma has been arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Enugu.

The operatives of the anti-graft agency as well as armed policemen had stormed the residence of the IVM owner located at Savage Crescent, GRA, Enugu as early as 7:30am Tuesday to effect his arrest.

There was however an initial resistance by the security men at the residence as they refused the EFCC operatives entry resulting in the firing of teargas by the policemen accompanying the EFCC men.

They equally cordoned off all the exit routes from the residence creating gridlocks as most people who were involved in early morning activities experience delays.

The operatives later succeeded in gaining access to the building after overpowering Chukwuma’s security men as they eventually took him away.

Details late…….

Monarch Lauds Ambode On Development As NIJ Postgraduate Students Visit Epe

The Aladeshonyin of Odo Noforija Kingdom in Epe area of Lagos State, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja (Kalejaiye II) has declared his support for Governor Akinwumi Ambode to be re-elected in 2019.

The royal father made this known while receiving postgraduate students of Nigerian Institute of Journalism on a courtesy call to his palace on Sunday.

Oba Ogunlaja said the overwhelming achievements of Governor Ambode counts him worthy of a second term in office.

He stressed that all royal fathers in Lagos State are solidly behind him and would continue to give him the support he needs during his second term bid.

The traditional ruler also charged journalists to carry out their duties diligently with professionalism.

He also promised to support journalists just as he donated N100,000 to the visiting students.

Earlier, the son of the soil who is the host to the visiting students, Otunba Gbanga Abass tasked journalists across the country on the need for objectivity, particularly when reporting government policies.

While commending Governor Akinwunmi Ambode quest to transform Lagos for the good of all, Abass said the governor has performed excellently in agriculture, infrastructures, job/wealth creation, and human capacity development and many more achievements.

Abass who was full of praise to Oba Ogunlaja’s warmed reception said the monarch has demonstrated unrivaled love for the ancient town of Epe.

Septuagenarian, Others In Court For Destroying Ataoja of Osogbo’s N1.8m Palm Trees

By Nofisat Adeoye

A 72-year old man, Suleman Akande has been arraigned by the Osun State Police Command before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, the State capital, for allegedly destroying Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Laroye II’s palm trees worth N1.8m.

Akande was arraigned alongside Jimoh Ajao 50, Ganiyu Adigun 50 and Jimoh Ajadi 60 on four count charges bothering on threat to life, malicious damage, forcibly entry and breach of peace.

Prosecutor, Taiwo Adegoke briefed the court that sometimes in August, 2017 at Irepodun community, the accused persons forcibly entered the land of Oba Jimoh in a manner likely to cause breach of peace and willfully damaged 18 palm trees valued N1.8m.

Adegoke explained that the accused persons also erected a foundation on the land and on the 7th of December, 2017, threatened the life of the Baale of Iredopun community, Chief Adewale Sikiru and the life of his Royal Majesty, Oba Jimoh Laroye II.

The Prosecutor added that the offences contravened sections 81, 86, 249(d), 430 and 516(A) of the Criminal Code Cap 34, volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused persons, however pleaded not guilty of the offences leveled against them and their counsel, Barrister Adeyinka Dada prayed the court for their bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Magistrate Mary Awodele granted the accused persons bail of N200,000 with two sureties each and adjourned the case till the 2nd of February, 2017 for hearing.

Magu Is Aware Of My Whereabout – Maina

The embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina has described the statement credited to acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu as laughable saying anti-graft chief cannot claim he does not know his whereabouts.

Maina said the EFCC boss is aware that he is in Nigeria and working with the anti-graft agency to apprehend pension thieves.

The embattled former Pension boss made the claim while reacting to a question that Magu went on air saying he would go to Dubai, United Kingdom, UK, America and ensure he was arrested and brought him back to face justice.

Speaking with The Sun, the elusive ex-Pension boss said, “That day I laughed. You know why I laughed. I laughed because Nigerians were being taken for a ride. How could Magu that I respect so much say that?

“But he lied. How can you say you are going to fetch me in Dubai, USA, UK when you know I am here in Nigeria with you. When you know I have been in Nigeria for ages.

“When you know I have been working with you; common, common. I am tired of this and I feel I am not getting justice.”

Breakdown Of What Each State Received From Third Paris Club Refund

Nigerian Government has released a state-by-state breakdown of third tranche of Paris Club refund.

The money was released alongside the allocations from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).

Idris Ahmed, accountant general of the federation, who announced this in a statement, said it was done so that Nigerians could have a better Christmas.

A statement from the ministry of finance said these payments totalled N243, 795,465,195.20.

Paris Club refund is a partial settlement of long-standing claims by state governments relating to over-deductions from their federation account allocation committee (FAAC) allocation for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002.

Two tranches had been released earlier. Below is exactly how much every state got:

1. ABIA 5,715,765,871.48
2. ADAMAWA 6,114,300,352.68
3. AKWA-IBOM 10,000,000,000.00
4. ANAMBRA 6,121,656,702.34
5. BAUCHI 6,877,776,561.25
6. BAYELSA 10,000,000,000.00
7. BENUE 6,854,671,749.25
8. BORNO 7,340,934,865.32
9. CROSS RIVER 6,075,343,946.93
10. DELTA 10,000,000,000.00
11. EBONYI 4,508,083,379.98
12. EDO 6,091,126,592.24
13. EKITI 4,772,836,647.08
14. ENUGU 5,361,789,409.66
15. GOMBE 4,472,877,698.19
16. IMO 7,000,805,182.97
17. JIGAWA 7,107,666,706.76
18. KADUNA 7,721,729,227.55
19. KANO 10,000,000,000.00
20. KATSINA 8,202,130,909.85
21. KEBBI 5,977,499,491.45
22. KOGI 6,027,727,595.80
23. KWARA 5,120,644,326.57
24. LAGOS 8,371,938,133.11
25. NASARAWA 4,551,049,171.12
26. NIGER 7,210,793,154.95
27. OGUN 5,739,374,694.46
28. ONDO 7,003,648,314.28
29. OSUN 6,314,106,340.62
30. OYO 7,901,609,864.25
31. PLATEAU 5,644,079,055.41
32. RIVERS 10,000,000,000.00
33. SOKOTO 6,441,128,546.76
34. TARABA 5,612,014,491.52
35. YOBE 5,413,103,116.59
36. ZAMFARA 5,442,385,594.49
37. FCT 684,867,500.04
TOTAL 243,795,465,195,20